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The Last Day of a Condemned Man
     

The Last Day of a Condemned Man

by Christopher Moncrieff (Translator)
 
Hesperus Press, as suggested by their Latin motto, Et remotissima prope, is dedicated to bringing near what is far—far both in space and time. Works by illustrious authors, often unjustly neglected or simply little known in the English–speaking world, are made accessible through a completely fresh editorial approach or new translations. Through

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Hesperus Press, as suggested by their Latin motto, Et remotissima prope, is dedicated to bringing near what is far—far both in space and time. Works by illustrious authors, often unjustly neglected or simply little known in the English–speaking world, are made accessible through a completely fresh editorial approach or new translations. Through these short classic works, which feature forewords by leading contemporary authors, the modern reader will be introduced to the greatest writers of Europe and America. An elegantly designed series of exceptional books.

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Kirkus Reviews
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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“Absolutely the most real and truthful of everything that Hugo wrote.” - Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Hugo . . . provides a convincing reminder of what political argument should really be about” - The Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847491176
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Oneworld Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Novelist, playwright, poet, painter, human-rights activist and states-man, Victor Hugo (1802–85) was one of the most influential figures of nineteenth-century France and is still considered its greatest writer.

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