Les Misérables

[ French ley mee-zey-ra-bluh ]
/ French leɪ mi zeɪˈra blə /

noun

a novel (1862) by Victor Hugo.

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Cultural definitions for Les Misérables

Les Misérables

(1862) A novel by Victor Hugo. The central character, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for stealing a single loaf of bread. Later, seeking respectability, Valjean is hounded by his archenemy, Inspector Javert.

notes for Les Misérables

The broad canvas of Hugo's novel has been adapted for numerous films and a long-running Broadway (see also Broadway) musical (usually known as Les Miz).
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