To wake every morning knowig that this day might be your last is to live with a mental anguish the release of which can only come in your inevitable execution. Such is the life of a notorious French prisoner, a man vilified by society and condemned to death for his crime. His guilt is undeniable, but his mental turmoil as he waits in his cell for that final call brings new and desperate levels to his only comfort, he spends his hours recounting his life and the moments leading up to his final days. But as the hours go by, he knows that he is powerless to change his inevitable fate, and must follow the path so many have trod before him - the path that leads to the guillotine. Deeply shocking in its time, The Last Day of a Condemned Man is a profound and moving tale, and an important social comment from Victor Hugo, a most fervent campaigner against the death sentence.