Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) is an 1832 novel by Victor Hugo. The title refers to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the central location of the story. The story begins on the day of the Feast of Fools in Paris in 1482, with Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback and the bell-ringer of Notre Dame, crowned as the Pope of Fools.
Notre Dame de Paris was the first work of fiction to encompass the whole of life, from the King of France to Paris sewer rats. It is one of the masterpieces of Victor Hugo. The book has been extremely popular in France and encouraged the historical preservation movement.