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The History of a Crime

Victor Hugo

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. . .General Oudinot said in a whisper, "These little infantry soldiers are terrible fellows. At the siege of Rome they flung themselves at the assault like madmen. These lads are very devils." The officers avoided the gaze of the Representatives. On leaving the Mairie, M. de Coislin passed by an officer and exclaimed, "What a disgrace for the uniform!" the officer retaliated with angry words, and incensed M. de Coislin. Shortly afterwards, during the march, he came up to M. de Coislin and said to him, "Sir, I have reflected; it is I who am wrong."

They proceeded on the way slowly. At a few steps from the Mairie the precession met M. Chegaray. The Representatives called out to him, "Come!" He answered, while making an expressive gesture with his hands and his shoulders, "Oh! I dare say! As they have not arrested me…." and he feigned as though he would pass on. He was ashamed, however, and went with them. His name is found in the list of the roll-call at the barra. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Document plutôt historique que littéraire. Toutefois, le génie de l'écrivain y trouve sa place.

O crime de que trata esta obra é o golpe de Estado perpetrado por Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte a 2 de Dezembro de 1851, que culminou na derrocada da II República Francesa e, após um plebiscito, na sua proclamação, no ano imediato, como Imperador, sob o nome de Napoleão III.
Não estamos, pois, perante um

Un relato Histórico y a la vez político extremadamente minucioso sobre un golpe de estado y el intento infructuoso por derrotarlo. A veces resulta desgarrador e impresionante y otras algo repetitivo y farragoso por la cantidad de nombres y personajes poco relevantes para la historia.

4 stars

Poignant today more than ever. Victor Hugo's biographical account of what happened when the Little Napoleon staged a coup d'etat and overthrew the French republic. It's hard to imagine that ever happening in America (Except in Sinclair Lewis' brilliant novel, It Can't Happen Here). But the realism m

Amazing history to hear Hugo tell it makes me think of today's history. So relevant and so human.

Historia de un crimen es la crónica de las cuatro primeras jornadas que se saldaron con 400 muertos y 184 heridos. Las consecuencias de la derrota se extendieron también a los miembros de la oposición que tuvieron que abandonar el país y que se negaron a volver a Francia a pesar del decreto de amnis

I believe that it's one of the first political text of Victor Hugo. It is a journalistic report of the coup d'Etat of Napoleon III.
Strange man that Victor Hugo. Young person, he was royalist Pair of France, he finishes his life republican.
The machination proceeds without much resistance. The mecha