Les Miserables Author:Victor Hugo A Great Humanitarian Novel — Les Miserables - published simultaneously in nine language in 1862 - is a vast, magnificent tapestry set against the background of political upheaval in France during the post-Napoleonic era. A cast of hundreds - les miserables, the hapless victims of French society - is woven into the story of an ex-convict, Jean Val... more »jean, and his valiant struggle to redeem his past. A potent social document of the poverty, ignorance, and brutality of man, Les Miserables is also a rousing adventure story, famous for such unrivaled scenes as the spine-tingling chase through the Paris sewers and the brilliant depiction of the Battle of Waterloo.
Victor Hugo reached the peak of his powers in this far-reaching novel of nineteenth-century France. Here are combined the dramatic skills of Hugo the playwright, the rich imagination of Hugo the poet, and the compassion of Hugo the man.« less