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  • Anglais Les misérables

    Victor Hugo

    Biographical noteVictor Hugo (1802-85) was the most forceful, prolific and versatile of French nineteenth-century writers. He wrote Romantic costume dramas, many volumes of lyrical and satirical verse, political and other journalism, criticism and several novels, the best known of which are Les Misérables (1862) and the youthful Notre-Dame de Paris (1831). A royalist and conservative as a young man, Hugo later became a committed social democrat and during the Second Empire of Napoleon III was exiled from France, living in the Channel Islands. He returned to Paris in 1870 and remained a great public figure until his death: his body lay in state under the Arc de Triomphe before being buried in the Panthéon. Main descriptionNow a major musical film from Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, and also featuring Amanda Seyfreid, Helena Bonham-Carter and Sacha Baron-Cohen, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is one of the great works of western literature.Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine (Anne Hathaway), driven to prostitution by poverty. Victor Hugo (1802-85) wrote volumes of criticism, Romantic costume dramas, satirical verse and political journalism but is best remembered for his novels, especially Notre-Dame de Paris (1831), also known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables (1862) which was adapted into one of the most successful musicals of all time. 'All human life is here'Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the musical Les Misérables'One of the half-dozen greatest novels of the world'Upton Sinclair'A great writer - inventive, witty, sly, innovatory' A. S. Byatt, author of Possession

  • One of the great classics of Western literature, "Les Misérables" is a magisterial work which is rich in boh character portrayal and meticulous historical description. Characters such as the absurdly criminalised Valjean, the street urchin Gavroche, the rascal Thenardier, the implacable detective Javert, and the pitiful figure of the prostitute Fantine and her daughter Cosette, have entered the pantheon of literatu dramatis personne.
    The reader is alson reated to the unforgettable desccriptions of the Battle of Waterloo and Valjean's flight through the Paris sewers.

  • Dans le Paris du XVe siècle, la belle Esméralda fait battre le coeur de tous. Mais la jeune bohémienne n'a d'yeux que pour le capitaine Phoebus. Enlevée par l'archidiacre Frollo qui la convoite, sauvée par Quasimodo, le sonneur de cloches difforme, elle sera finalement accusée de sorcellerie, puis pendue.

  • Victor Hugo

    Victor Hugo

    Victor Hugo est né le 26 février 1802 à Besançon et mort le 22 mai 1885 à Paris.
    Paroles d'artiste est une collection de format poche pour découvrir ou redécouvrir les grands maître de l'art ancien, moderne et contemporain.
    Cette série d'ouvrages monographiques permet d'envisager l'univers d'un artiste à travers une sélection de trente reproductions représentatives de l'ensemble de son oeuvre. Chaque reproduction est associée à une citation extraite d'un entretien, d'une correspondance ou d'un écrit de l'artiste lui-même.
    Afin de rendre accessible cette collection aux très nombreux visiteurs étrangers de nos musées et collections publiques françaises, Paroles d'artiste est bilingue anglais-français.
    En 64 pages, 31 reproductions et pour seulement 6,50 €, le lecteur se retrouve immergé dans l'esprit et l'oeuvre de Victor Hugo.

    Le bon goût est une précaution prise par le bon ordre. Les écrivains sobres sont le pendant des électeurs sages. L'inspiration est suspecte de liberté, la poésie est un peu extra-légale. Il y a donc un art officiel, fils de la critique officielle.

    Good taste is a precaution taken by good order. Thoughful writers are the counterparts of wise voters. Inspiration is suspected of liberty ; poetry is somewhat extra-judicial. There is thus an official art, engendered by the official critique.

  • Anglais Notre-Dame of Paris

    Victor Hugo

    In the vaulted gothic towers of Notre-Dame lives Quasimidi, the hunchbacked bell-ringer. Micked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmeralda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmeralda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, which only Quasimido can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.
    John Sturrock's clear, contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas, written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty. This revised edition also includes further reading and a chronology of Hugo's life.

  • See in medieval Paris against the backdrop of the brooding Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Hugo's take on the classic story of beauty and the beast tells of the hunchbacked grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo. Rejected by parisian society because of his appearance, Quasimodo resides in Notre-Dame harbouring a love for the only woman that pities him, a gypsy named Esmeralda. However, a minister archdeacon also covets Esmeralda and when his advances are spurned, he seeks to destroy her.

  • Anglais Miserables

    Victor Hugo

    General & literary fiction/Classic fictionNew translation.

  • Italien L'Uomo Che Ride

    Victor Hugo

    Nell'Inghilterra di inizio Settecento un bizzarro vagabondo, Ursus, poeta e filosofo di strada, raccoglie due orfani e li educa all'avventurosa vita dei girovaghi. Insieme formano una compagnia di mimi e vanno alla scoperta della splendida e miserabile società inglese dell'epoca. Ma il ragazzo, deformato nel volto da un continuo ghigno, nasconde un segreto. E quando scopre per caso la sua vera origine, vede il proprio destino incrinarsi... "L'uomo che ride", percorso da un brivido di inquietudine e mistero, è non solo uno dei capolavori dell'autore dei Miserabili ma senz'altro la sua opera più notturna, onirica e visionaria. Con un saggio di Robert Louis Stevenson.

  • 828 kam Victor Hugo über den Platz der Guillotine, als dort die letzten Vorbereitungen für eine Hinrichtung getroffen wurden. Der Scharfrichter veranstaltete eine Art Generalprobe. Am anderen Morgen setzte sich Victor Hugo an seinen Schreibtisch und begann die Niederschrift seines Buches ›Der letzte Tag eines Verurteilten‹. 1829 erschien das dramatische Plädoyer gegen die Todesstrafe. Ein dramatischeres wurde in der Tat wohl niemals geschrieben. Daß Hugo sich in das Leid der anderen versenken konnte, ist die große Quelle seiner Kraft und seiner Wirkung. Daß wir neben dem Verstand und dem Gefühl des Dichters das Herz des großen Menschen spüren, das sichert dieser spannenden, packenden und ergreifenden Erzählung ihren mitreißenden Erfolg.

  • Contre la dictature, le fascisme et tous les despotismes, des voix célèbres ont appelé à la liberté.
    En 1936, c'est au cri de No pasaràn ! que Dolores Ibàrruri soulevait les foules espagnoles contre les armées fascistes du général Franco. Le 11 septembre 1973, depuis le palais présidentiel bombardé par l'aviation chilienne désormais aux ordres du général Pinochet, Salvador Allende lançait un dernier appel à son peuple, affirmant son intention de mourir plutôt que de se rendre. Et Victor Hugo, en exil après le coup d'Etat de Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, en appelait à " la délivrance de tous les peuples et à l'affranchissement de tous les hommes ".

  • France, 1815. Jean Valjean leaves prison after nineteen years. These are dangerous and troubled times, and life is hard. Valjean must begin a new life, but how can he escape his past, and his enemy, Inspector Javert?
    This story for Bookworms is loosely based on the famous novel "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo, one of France's greatest writers. The novel was written in 1862, and the story has been retold many times - in a musical, in plays for radio and theatre, and in more than fifty films for television and cinema.

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