Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780997228731 Will Publish April 2018

Satan and His Daughter, the Angel Liberty

Selected Verses

Victor Hugo

Satan and His Daughter, the Angel Liberty

Victor Hugo

Distributed for Swan Isle Press

Translated and With an Introduction by R.G. Skinner
Illustrated by Odilon Redon
124 pages | 30 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780997228731 Will Publish April 2018
Victor Hugo spent years in political exile off the coast of Normandy. While there, he produced his masterpiece, Les Misérables—but that wasn’t all: he also wrote a book-length poem, La Fin de Satan, left unfinished and not published until after his death.

Satan and his Daughter, the Angel Liberty, drawn from this larger poem, tells the story of Satan and his daughter, the angel created by God from a feather left behind following his banishment. Hugo details Satan’s fall, and through a despairing soliloquy, reveals him intent on revenge, yet desiring God’s forgiveness. The angel Liberty, meanwhile, is presented by Hugo as the embodiment of good, working to convince her father to return to Heaven.

This new translation by Richard Skinner presents Hugo’s verse in his preferred style, and is accompanied by illustrations by the Symbolist artist Odilon Redon. No adventurous reader will want to miss this beautiful mingling of the epic and familial, religious and political.
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