By Victor Hugo
On one point Les Miserables is a detective tale within which the relentless Inspector Javert obsessively pursues the escaped convict Jean Valjean. On one other point, it's a drama of crime, punishment and rehabilitation set opposed to a wide ranging description of French society after Napoleon. yet notably, Hugo’s masterpiece is ready the metaphysical fight among solid and evil within the soul of each guy. it's a plea for social justice, political enlightenment and private charity.From the Hardcover variation
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THE LAST DROP IN THE CHALICE I. The Seventh Circle Eighth Heaven II. The Obscurities a Revelation May Contain BOOK EIGHT. DUSK FALLS I. The Room Down Below II. Other Steps Back III. They Remember the Garden in the Rue Plumet IV. Attraction and Extinguishment BOOK NINE. SUPREME DARKNESS, SUPREME DAWN I. Pity for the Unhappy, but Indulgence for the Happy II. Last Flickerings of a Lamp with No Oil III. A Feather Crushes the Man Who Lifted Fauchelevent’s Cart IV. Bottle of Ink That Only Manages to Whiten V.
I am, to my knowledge, one of the few translators to have rendered all of Hugo’s magnificent novel without censorship. For there is a whole censorious tradition of translating Les Misérables. ” It’s cleaned up of rude words and vulgar images, which the translator views as offensive and unnecessary, as though Hugo’s use of such words and images was accidental or abhorrent. This is not merely losing bite and punch. Much more seriously, it’s misreading the entire book. For if Les Misérables can be reduced to a meaning, it is surely the connection Hugo is forever making between the sewer and society, the gutter and the stars.
Peter Port. When he wasn’t upstairs writing, or producing spectacular artworks way ahead of their time, he was downstairs entertaining visitors, enjoying family, or somewhere else in the house doing things with the maid. And when he wasn’t in the house, he was either down the road at his intimate friend Juliette Drouet’s, or out walking for mile after mile with one of his beloved dogs—Chougna, Ponto, or Sénat (Senate). Hugo, too, was a monument, a man of huge appetite and lust for life. Keeping pace with this monumental man is a very physical challenge.