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Victor Hugo and the Visionary Novel

Victor Hugo and the Visionary Novel

Victor Brombert

ISBN 9780674935518

Publication date: 01/01/1986

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.

    —New York Review of Books


  • Victor Brombert is the Henry Putnam University Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature and Director of the Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton University.

Book Details

  • 316 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press