The Last Day of a Condemned Man

The Last Day of a Condemned Man

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by Victor Hugo
     
 

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Deeply shocking in its time, The Last Day of a Condemned Man is a profound and moving tale and a vital work of social commentary.

A man vilified by society and condemned to death for his crime wakes every morning knowing that this day might be his last. With the hope for release his only comfort, he spends his hours recounting his life and the time before

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Deeply shocking in its time, The Last Day of a Condemned Man is a profound and moving tale and a vital work of social commentary.

A man vilified by society and condemned to death for his crime wakes every morning knowing that this day might be his last. With the hope for release his only comfort, he spends his hours recounting his life and the time before his imprisonment. But as the hours pass, he knows that he is powerless to change his fate. He must follow the path so many have trod before him—the path that leads to the guillotine. With a Foreword by Libby Purves.

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This impassioned early (1829) work, which depicts the "six-week death agony and . . . day-long death rattle" of a condemned prisoner awaiting execution, isn't so much fiction as it is a broadside against the barbarity of the guillotine. (The text is accompanied by a brief satirical playlet in which bureaucrats and aristocrats denounce its author as a troublemaker.) There are moments when the plight of Hugo's nameless protagonist and narrator stirs faint anticipatory echoes of (the later) Les Misérables. But the novella's awkward swings between high emotion and jejune sociological comment and its profusion of accusatory rhetorical questions make it of only minimal literary interest.
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"The message could be delivered by any present-day liberal, about any extreme punishment."  —Amnesty International

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843910077
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Hesperus Classics
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Victor Hugo (1802–1885) is best known for his novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Christopher Moncrieff has previously translated the work of Jean-Euphele Milce.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 26, 1802
Date of Death:
May 22, 1885
Place of Birth:
Besançon, France
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18

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