Staff Pick: Judith on The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos

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Did you know that, when allowing for inflation, Les Misérables received the highest advance of any novel ever published? 

In this immensely readable history, David Bellos tells not only the story of how Victor Hugo managed to publish this classic of French fiction while exiled from France, he also points out all the intriguing little details in the clothing, dialogue and references that make this book a perennial classic and a snapshot of French history. 

With the new adaptation from the BBC reviving interest in Les Misérables, Bellos’s analysis makes for a helpful companion to either the original novel or the myriad adaptations of Hugo’s great saga. 

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