The Novel of the Century : The Extraordinary Adventure of Les MIS rables

The Novel of the Century : The Extraordinary Adventure of Les MIS rables

Description

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award, 2017

Les Misérables is among the most popular and enduring novels ever written. Like Inspector Javert's dogged pursuit of Jean Valjean, its appeal has never waned, but only grown broader in its one-hundred-and-fifty-year life. Whether we encounter Victor Hugo's story on the page, onstage, or on-screen, Les Misérables continues to captivate while also, perhaps unexpectedly, speaking to contemporary concerns. In The Novel of the Century, the acclaimed scholar and translator David Bellos tells us why.

This enchanting biography of a classic of world literature is written for "Les Mis" fanatics and novices alike. Casting decades of scholarship into accessible narrative form, Bellos brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d'état, and political exile; how he pulled off a pathbreaking deal to get it published; and how his approach to the "social question" would define his era's moral imagination. More than an ode to Hugo's masterpiece, The Novel of the Century also shows that what Les Misérables has to say about poverty, history, and revolution is full of meaning today.


Download The Novel of the Century : The Extraordinary Adventure of Les MIS rables (9780374223236).pdf, available at loresbakery.com for free.

Details

Author(s)
Professor of French Studies David Bellos
Format
Hardback | 336 pages
Dimensions
152 x 231 x 30mm | 816g
Publication date
21 Mar 2017
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication City/Country
New York
Language
English
ISBN10
0374223238
ISBN13
9780374223236
Bestsellers rank
1,064,973