Victor Hugo gave Notre Dame life as the vibrant heart of France. It can be reborn | Bradley Stephens

The rise of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the top of France’s bestseller list shows how much the spirit of the cathedral still matters Victor Hugo was not enamoured with the title of Frederic Shoberl’s English translation of his 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris. For the future “great man” of French literature, the book’s main attraction was the gothic cathedral itself, not its hunchbacked bell-ringer. Hugo thought that Notre…

April 24, 2019