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The last day of a condemned man

By: Hugo, Victor Moncrieff, Christopher(Translated by)

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Part of the Alma Classics 101 Pages series
1847498701 / 9781847498700
Published 05/11/2021
United Kingdom
20 cm 101 pages
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Translated from the French.

A first-person diary of a prisoner's final day before being executed for an unspecified crime, Victor Hugo's poignant tale vividly conveys the mental anguish of a man confronted with the intransigent mechanism of justice, as his mind seeks refuge in recollections from his past and philosophical musings on his inevitable fate. As relevant today as when it was first published in 1829, The Last Day of a Condemned Man is an eloquent plea for compassion and a masterpiece of realist fiction.

This edition includes the Preface to the 1832 edition of the book, a manifest of Hugo's personal opinions, 'A Comedy about a Tragedy' and 'Claude Gueux', an early example of "true crime" fiction.


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