Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, set between 1815 and the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, following the lives and interactions of several characters: ex-convict Jean Valjean, the grisette Fantine and her daughter Cosette, the inspector Javert, the rogue Thénardier and his family, the revolutionist Enjolras, and the student Marius. The novel elaborates upon the history of modern France, justice, religion, and the nature of romantic and familial love.
Volume I takes the readers through the life of Jean Valjean, as he grapples with an outcast life as an ex-convict. A chance encounter with a saintly priest sets him on the path of life as an honest and successful man. Meanwhile, he tries to take care of the grisette Fantine and rescue her daughter Cosette, but has to struggle between continuing to hiding his past identity or following his conscience and risk returning to prison…
About the Author:
Victor Hugo (維克多·馬里·雨果)
Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)，法國浪漫主義文學的代表人物和19世紀前期積極浪漫主義文學運動的領袖，法國文學史上卓越的作家。雨果幾乎經歷了19世紀法國的所有重大事變。一生創作了眾多詩歌,小說,劇本,各種散文和文藝評論及政論文章。代表作有《鐘樓怪人》,《九三年》,和《悲慘世界》等。