The Novel of the Century: Hugo's Masterpiece Explored

The Novel of the Century: Hugo's Masterpiece Explored

 In French and English 


Thursday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Free admission
810 N. Dearborn St.

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"The story of how Victor Hugo's classic novel came to life is a challenging, complex, and utterly engrossing epic all its own" — Publisher's Weekly on David Bellos' new book: The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables. Written by the renowned scholar of French literature, this book explores not only the story and themes of Hugo's great novel, but also the context of turbulent 19th century French politics. It is written from Hugos' point of view during his political exile on the Island of Guernsey, and highlights the sheer difficulty of writing and publishing a book in France from that remote outpost. 

Randy Williams, former Alliance Française President, will explore the themes of Bellos' book, illustrated by excerpts from Les Misérables and its many adaptations on the stage and screen. Wine and lite bites will be served.