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A tremendous, emotionally stirring tragedy, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame features one of literature's most striking creations Quasimodo, the hideously deformed bellringer of Notre-Dame de Paris during the turbulent final years of the fifteenth century. Rejected by all but the priest Claude Frollo, Quasimodo rescues the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, condemned for a crime she did not commit, and brings her to the sanctuary of the cathedral. But Frollo has been corrupted by his lust for the girl. Only Quasimodo can hope to save her.With an Afterword by John Grant.
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The story and characters in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame have resonated with succeeding generations since its publication in 1831. It has tempted filmmakers, and most recently animators, who have exploited its dramatic content to good effect but have inevitably lost some of the grays that make the original text so compelling.
From Victor Hugo's flamboyant imagination came Quasimodo, the grotesque bell ringer; La Esmeralda, the sensuous gypsy dancer; and the haunted archdeacon Claude Frollo. Hugo set his epic tale in the Paris of 1482 under Louis XI and meticulously re-created the
day-to-day life of its highest and lowest inhabitants. Written at a time of perennial political upheaval in France, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the product of an emerging democratic sensibility and prefigures the teeming masterpiece Les Misérables, which Hugo would write thirty years later.
He made the cathedral the centerpiece of the novel and called it Notre-Dame de Paris. (It received its popular English title at the time of its second translation in 1833.) Hugo wrote that his inspiration came from a carving of the word "fatality" in Greek that he had found in the cathedral. The inscription had been eradicated by the time the book was published, and Hugo feared that Notre-Dame's Gothic splendor might soon be lost to the contemporary fad for tearing down old buildings. Notre-Dame has survived as one of the great monuments of Paris, and Hugo's novel is a fitting celebration of it, a popular classic that is proving to be just as enduring.
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Jacket paintings: (front) detail from Notre Dame by Paul Lecomte, courtesy of David David Gallery/SuperStock; (spine) Victor Hugo, 1833, by Louis Boulanger of Giraudon/Art Resource, N.Y.
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Book Description Collector's Library, 2004. Condition: New. Set in the late 15th century, and said to have been inspired by the word 'Fate' carved in Greek on a stone in Notre-Dame, Hugo's compelling tragedy tells the story of Quasimodo, the hideously deformed bell-ringer, his beloved La Esmeralda, and the wicked priest Frollo. This edition is from the Collector's Library series which presents some of the greatest works of literature, complete and unabridged, each with either a short introduction or an afterword by a literary scholar. The pocket-sized hardbacks are bound in maroon linen, with gilt-edged pages and silk markers. Seller Inventory # 224064
Book Description 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Main Market Ed.. Hardcover. with a specially commissioned afterword. In the dark world of medieval Paris, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral heroically fights to save the life of a beautiful Gypsy girl .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 664 pages. 0.342. Seller Inventory # 9781904633730
Book Description 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Main Market Ed.. Hardcover. with a specially commissioned afterword. In the dark world of medieval Paris, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral heroically fights to save the life of a beautifu.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 664 pages. 0.342. Seller Inventory # 9781904633730
Book Description Macmillan Collector's Library, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1904633730