Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood (1850-1928) An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the way, the ex-convict joins a revolution, adopts a daughter, and beats people up. Hooray   In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title, which can be translated from the French as The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Read more [...]
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy   Anna Karenina, Book by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)Translated by Constance Garnett (1861-1946) Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage to follow her heart and must endure the hypocrisies of society. (Summary by Mary Anderson)   Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy consideredAnna Karenina his Read more [...]