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    Victor Hugo (Paperback) By (author) Graham Robb

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    Description'One of the best biographies I have read, ever' Selina Hastings 'Mr Robb has written an enthralling book -- one of the great biographies of our time. He contrives not to be dwarfed by his subject, which is some contrivance. He makes of Hugo's life a story as exciting to read as it was extraordinary to have lived. He has a matchless gift for narrative. His style is epigrammatic and compelling. His judgements seem fair -- not something Hugo was used to in life. Every Place Victor Hugo should now have a Cafe-Bar Graham Robb. He deserves, and will probably get, the Legion d'honneur' Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph 'Robb achieves the goal of all good literary biographies by making us long to regain, or savour for the first time, Hugo's company as a writer. Surely no chronicler of his life or analyst of his work has ever looked this prodigy of nature so unflinchingly in the eye' Jonathan Keates, Literary Review 'Graham Robb's exuberant biography of the French writer blows the cobwebs away from a neglected hero and sets him before us in lurid and quite unforgettable shape. Robb's jaunty, self-confident style is gloriously appropriate to his subject ...Robb's enthusiasm is hugely exhilarating and his biography is a fascinating study in the making of a celebrity' Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'The best life of the writer available in English (and likely to remain so for some time) . ..His fascinating, totally readable Life will introduce Hugo to many readers who know him only as a name' Robin Buss, Independent on Sunday

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    Victor Hugo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Robb
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 470 g
    ISBN 13: 9780330371452
    ISBN 10: 0330371452

    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    DC21: 843.7
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADF
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DSK, DSBF
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MN
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2ADF
    Illustrations note
    8pp b&w illustrations
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    09 October 1998
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    Review text
    Poet, novelist, dramatist and leader of the French Romantic movement, a strange mixture of meanness and extravagance, caution and daring, imagination and lack of feeling, Hugo has been unjustly neglected (except for Les Miserables). This excellent book may well help to restore his reputation. (Kirkus UK)