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Burglary and Baguettes: Putting Literature in Context

A book and movie series featuring lunch, guest speakers, great discussions, and more! See the drop-down tabs of each event for more information or select the links below.

 

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Les Misérables - Victor Hugo; Charles E. Wilbour (Translator); Peter Washington (Introduction by)
Call Number: PQ2286 .A38 1997
ISBN: 0375403175
Publication Date: 1998-03-31
It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in France. A major reason for the singular celebrity of this most popular and versatile of the great French writers is Les Misérables(1862). In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean—a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert—Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre. Les Misérablesis at once a tense thriller that contains one of the most compelling chase scenes in all literature, an epic portrayal of the nineteenth-century French citizenry, and a vital drama—highly particularized and poetic in its rendition but universal in its implications—of the redemption of one human being.

 

Movie (French)

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables (228:00)

A vivid, compelling film dramatization of Hugo’s great novel, which provides students with an excellent historical and social portrait of France—and particularly Paris—at mid-19th century, as well as an insightful treatment of one of the greatest of all novels, one which is part of the basic cultural vocabulary. (French, 3 hours 48 minutes)

 

Victor Hugo

The life of Victor Hugo, one of the giants of French literature, is a study in contrasts. This program chronicles how a man born into humble circumstances became a staunch monarchist and then a political liberal and supporter of the French republic. Though he lived many years in exile, Hugo was considered the conscience of the Republic, and his fame as a political force rivaled his renown as the author of plays, prose, and poetry. As a writer, he conquered the stage for Romanticism with his play Hernani and captured the imagination of untold millions with his epic novel Les Misérables. Readings from Hugo’s vast oeuvre are included throughout the program. (25 minutes)

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