Victor Hugo The Man Who Laughs

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Victor-Marie Hugo (1802-1885) wrote "L'Homme Qui Rit" ("The Man Who Laughs") in 1869. One of the greatest French novelists, poets, playwrights and socio-political figures of his time, he is probably best known for having written "Notre-Dame de Paris" ("The Hunchback of Notre Dame") (1831) and "Les MisÚrables" (1862), but "The Man Who Laughs" is a romantic masterpiece that deserves an equal measure of acclaim. The incredible love story of the man whose face has been disfigured into a laughing mask in childhood, the loyal blind girl who gives him her heart, and the cruelty of the privileged aristocracy whose laughingstock and savior he becomes, is remarkable in its emotional impact. But do not be deceived. The timeless trope of Beauty and the Beast is redefined here, for surfaces are misleading, and not everything is as it seems. The slow-paced, stately richness of descriptive detail is reward in itself for the reader looking for delicious immersion in the drama of history, but coupled with the depth of human insight, and the glimpse into a historical era and mindset, this is a timeless classic.

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Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885) was a French poet, novelist and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes from his poetry, novels and his dramatic achievements.

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The recent success of the stage adaptation of Les Miserables has made Hugo's name widely known to the general public. Atlantean Press marks this resurgence with the inauguration of a series of re-published works by Hugo. The Man Who Laughs ( L'Homme qui rit , 1869), generally unavailable in English since the turn of the century, is the first volume in the series. This translation, by an unidentified translator, remains highly readable. The work itself, however, despite the touching tale of the love between the blind Dea and the deformed Gwynplaine, is highly stylized, extremely long, and often tedious. It will be interesting primarily for readers wishing to gain familiarity with a lesser known work by the father of French romanticism and with the tastes of the French reading public at the time.
- Anthony Caprio, Oglethorpe Univ., Atlanta
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