Victor Brombert reassesses in a modern perspective the power and originality of Hugo’s work, and provides a new interpretation of Hugo’s narrative art as well as a synthesis of his poetic and moral vision. The twenty-eight drawings by Hugo reproduced in this book are further testimony to the visionary nature of Hugo’s imagination.
Between Hugo’s hell and redemption lies a broad canvas of symbolic circumstance where Brombert maneuvers brilliantly, examining such disparate themes as money, language, laughter, and showing how they are braided together in the larger design.
By all odds the most thorough and critically sophisticated book on Hugo’s fiction to appear in English, or perhaps in any language… It is learned, literate, and witty, generous in its appreciations, and an authentic pleasure to read.
Nothing short of brilliant. Solidly researched, very well written, and full of original insights, it stands as a landmark in Hugo criticism.
Victor Hugo and the Visionary Novel transcends its title, in that all of Hugo’s writings—poetic, political, dramatic, critical, public and private—are brought to bear on the novels, so that the book gives a vast picture of Hugo’s imagination and his thought on all vital matters… There is far more to be learned about Hugo’s mind from this book than from any of the biographies I have read, and it is, furthermore, exceptionally enjoyable reading.
- 316 pages
- 6 x 9 inches
- Harvard University Press
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