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‘Still grips the reader with its epic-narrative sweep and all-embracing humanitarianism’ Douglas Kennedy, Sunday Times

With an introduction by Adam Thirlwell. Sensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, Les Misérables is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. It is a novel peopled by colourful characters from the nineteenth-century Parisian underworld; the street children, the prostitutes and the criminals. In telling the story of escaped convict Jean Valjean, and his efforts to reform his ways and care for the little orphan girl he rescues from a life of cruelty, Victor Hugo drew attention to the plight of the poor and oppressed. Les Misérables is a masterful detective story, a comic and tragic story of romance and revolution and, ultimately, a tale of redemption and hope.

Reviews

There are plenty of translations of this extensive, exuberant novel that cut out anything superfluous. But God is in the detail, and Julie Rose has returned all the detail, making a language that is rich and gorgeous. This is the one to read... and if you are flying, just carry it under your arm as you board, or better still, rebook your holiday and go by train, slowly, page by page...

Jeanette Winterson, The Times

This new translation...marvelously removes the yellowed varnish from Hugo's prose and gives us the racy, breathless, and passionate intelligence of the original

Adam Gopnik

One of the finest French Romantic writers

Guardian

I sobbed and wailed and thought (books) were the greatest things

Susan Sontag

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo changed my life. The first time I read the book was when I was less than eight years old. I could only understand the part about little Cosette, but that chapter really got me

Xinran, Financial Times

Every single character is so well delineated, we all know these people and all human life is here

Cameron Mackintosh, creator of the musical, Les Miserables

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780099529965

    January 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    1376 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780812974263

    February 15, 2010

    Random House USA

    RRP $36.99

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  • Hardback

    9780679643333

    October 15, 2008

    Random House USA

    RRP $49.99

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  • Les Miserables
    Victor Hugo

    Hardback

    9781857152395

    August 28, 1998

    Everyman

    1472 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140444308

    September 1, 1982

    Penguin Classics

    1232 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • EBook

    9781407016900

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    1376 pages

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  • Les Miserables
    Victor Hugo

    EBook

    9780141921518

    September 1, 1982

    Penguin eBooks

    1232 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781846140495

    January 2, 2013

    Penguin Classics

    1232 pages

    RRP $45.00

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