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Notre-Dame de Paris (Oxford World's Classics)

Notre-Dame de Paris (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Victor Hugo
ISBN 13: 9780199555802
ISBN 10: 19955580
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-07-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 592
List Price: $12.95

At the center of Hugo's classic novel are three extraordinary characters caught in a web of fatal obsession. The grotesque hunchback Quasimodo, bell-ringer of Notre-Dame, owes his life to the austere archdeacon, Claude Frollo, who in turn is bound by a hopeless passion to the gypsy dancer Esmeralda. She, meanwhile, is bewitched by a handsome, empty-headed officer, but by an unthinking act of kindness wins Quasimodo's selfless devotion. Behind the central figures moves a pageant of picturesque characters, including the underworld of beggars and petty criminals whose assault on the cathedral is one of the most spectacular set-pieces of Romantic literature.
Alban Kraisheimer's new translation offers a fresh approach to this monumental work by France's most celebrated Romantic authors.