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978-0-330-33707-6 / 0330337076

Victor Hugo

by Robb, Graham

Publisher:Picador

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Like Proust, his fellow countryman, Victor Hugo is a writer whose works are discussed more often than they are actually read. Perhaps we had Les MisÚrables force-fed to us in school, or saw one of the many film versions of his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but of his many other works of prose, poetry and drama, most modern readers are ignorant--as they are of the details of Hugo's life. In Victor Hugo, Graham Robb brings a fresh eye to an old subject with laudable results.

During his lifetime, Hugo himself was the author of most of the legend that has grown up around him, from his pastoral conception on a mountainside to his heroic republican opposition to Napoleon. Robb turns these myths inside out as he searches for the underlying compulsions that led Hugo to obsessively recreate his own history. Robb thoroughly and compassionately presents the tangled, sometimes sordid, often ridiculous events of Hugo's life, at the same time commenting knowledgeably on his work. Victor Hugo is a terrific biography of a fascinating man, a great motivator for readers to start agitating for more translations of Hugo's work.

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