Celebrating Victor Hugo, one of France's most prolific authors
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Born on this day in 1802, Victor Hugo is one of France’s most prolific authors. The mind that produced well-known titles the likes of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo’s writing seethes with its author’s robust social conscience.
Image credit: Edmond Bacot via Wikipedia CommonsInitially a supporter of the royalist cause, Hugo’s writing had its genesis in the midst of a France in turmoil. The country was in a permanent state of flux following the toppling of the Bourbon dynasty and the rise of the Jacobin party and Republican cause. France was gripped by widespread poverty and austerity which found its home in the streets of Paris. It was here that Hugo set his most famous work, Les Misérables. The book takes the reader directly into the world of an early 19th century France, still reeling from the upheaval which characterised this point in history. Hugo’s mammoth work leaves no detail to the imagination, reflecting the realities faced by the masses on a daily basis. The novel itself took Hugo twenty years to write and this is reflected in its meticulous detail and complex plotline. Les Misérables is a heart-breaking elegy to life, love, and loss in the French capital and is a testament to its author’s painstaking fight for the rights of the common people.
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