Tag Archives: Miserables

Hugo on a Nation Catching Its Breath

In “Les Miserables,” Hugo says France needed a period of quiet following the rambunctious Napoleonic years. Sounds familiar.

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Hugo Describes Trump-Style Resentment

The toxic mixture of resentment and entitlement found in the Capitol Hill insurrectionists is described by Victor Hugo in “Les Miserables.”

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Les Miz and Trump’s Execution Spree

As Trump and Barr go on an execution spree, Victor Hugo’s thoughts on the guillotine come to mind.

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The Lit That Inspired Van Gogh

Writers like Stowe, Dickens, Hugo and Maupassant played a pivotal role in the evolution of Van Gogh as an artist.

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