Faced with the high demand for "Our Lady of Paris", the editors of the pocket-sized novel decided to move ahead with new runs and donate profits to the fund launched to finance the rebuilding of the building.
Written in 1831, the book of the French poet and novelist Victor Hugo takes place in 1482, at the time of the reign of Louis XI. The novel was adapted many times to the cinema.
A passage in the novel is particularly noteworthy today.
"All eyes were on the upper part of the cathedral, and what they saw was extraordinary: in the highest part of the last gallery, above the central rosette, a great flame rose among the steeples with whirlwinds of sparks, a great fire and revolt. Angry".
Around the characters Quasimodo and the emerald gypsy, Victor Hugo made the cathedral the true heroine of "Our Lady of Paris", with the purpose of drawing attention to the state of decrepitude of the monument.
The success of the work provoked a movement of citizens that was able to make the authorities rehabilitate the cathedral.