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As Victor Hugo finishes the book and it is launched to huge acclaim, David Bellos offers insights into the politics and morality of a novel as serious and complex as it is popular.

As Victor Hugo finishes the book and it is launched to huge acclaim, David Bellos offers insights into the politics and morality of the novel - as serious and complex as it is perennially popular.

War and Peace, Great Expectations, Crime and Punishment were all published in the same decade, yet only Les Misérables can stand as the novel of the nineteenth century. How did Victor Hugo's epic work come to be the most widely read and frequently adapted story of all time? And why is its message just as important for our century as it was for his own?

Author David Bellos tells the compelling story of The Novel of the Century.

Reader: Daniel Weyman
Abridged by Eileen Horne
Produced by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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