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- Publisher: Signet
- Format: Paperback | 510 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 172mm x 28mm | 240g
- Publication date: 30 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0451531515
- ISBN 13: 9780451531513
- Sales rank: 63,872
Here is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to the author's brilliant imagination.
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Born in 1802, the son of a high officer in Napoleon's army, Victor Hugo spent his childhood against a background of military life in Elba, Corsica, Naples, and Madrid. After the Napoleonic defeat, the Hugo family settled in straitened circumstances in Paris, where, at the age of fifteen, Victor Hugo commenced his literary career with a poem submitted to a contest sponsored by the Academie Francaise. Twenty-four years later, Hugo was elected to the Academie, having helped revolutionize French literature with his poems, plays, and novels. Entering politics, he won a seat in the National Assembly in 1848; but in 1851, he was forced to flee the country because of his opposition to Louis Napoleon. In exile on the Isle of Guernsey, he became a symbol of French resistance to tyranny; upon his return to Paris after the Revolution of 1870, he was greeted as a national hero. He continued to serve in public life and to write with unabated vigor until his death in 1885. He was buried in the Pantheon with every honor the French nation could bestow.
(back cover) Abandoned as a baby and raised in the cathedral of Notre Dame, the hunchback Quasimodo lives as an outcast. The arrival of the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda begins a tragic series of events marked by jealousy, betrayal, and murder. Find out what happens to Quasimodo and Esmeralda in this vivid retelling of Victor Hugos classic in graphic novel format. Graphic Classics Available from Barrons: The Hunchback of Notre Dame * Kidnapped * Journey to the Center of the Earth * Moby Dick * Oliver Twist * Treasure Island