The Hunchback of Notre Dame
In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.
The translator Erez Volk discusses the new publication of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Anat Dolev on her weekly radio show "Six O'Clock with Anat Dolev".
Anat Dolev, Six O'Clock with Anat Dolev
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an ambitious and captivating novel, which the reader can identify with and full of brilliant surprises. The new translation is faithful to the original, maintaining the irony and nuances. There are truly humorous moments. One can summarize the experience of reading this book in two words: a treat."
Ronen Tal, Maariv Weekend Supplement
Victor Hugo is considered to this day as France's greatest author... The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a novel of "tremendous sadness and beauty".
Eitan Haber, Yedioth Aharonot
"One of the greatest novels of the Romantic period which had a great impact on many generations of readers… A thrilling and powerful classic… A comprehensive and excellent translation."
Yoav Ginai and Emmanuel Halperin, What Next with Yoav Ginai
"Reading the new translation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was gripping, I was engrossed as a teenager reading it for the first time."
Rivka Michaeli and Beni Tziper, The Rivka Michaeli Show
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame seems nowadays too heroic and romantic, but it is worthwhile to revisit this great novel's recent translation to Hebrew and be inspired by the literary cathedral Hugo built."
Aviad Kleinberg, Haaretz
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a beautifully written book. Touching, funny, captivating and thrilling. I enjoyed it wholeheartedly, it made me want to read more by Hugo."
Nir Goldenberg, Nuritha