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PostSubject: Victor Hugo   Tue 02 Jun 2015, 21:49

I recently have seen a documentary about the exile of Victor Hugo in Belgium.
Belgium the "Liberal" country was in those years a country where "exilés" sought refuge...Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Karl Marx and many others...
https://www.rtbf.be/video/detail_sur-les-traces-de-victor-hugo?id=2019360
I have studied him during my French lessons and read about his work as the Quasimodo of the Notre-Dame...but I wasn't aware of his engagement for the people and banned by Napoléon III for his agitations against him. Among others the "Napoléon le Petit" (denigrating:the small Napoleon)...
And Anglo-Norman, he was also in exile at Jersey and some 15 years at Guernsey...
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/photography/commentaire_id/victor-hugo-on-the-rock-of-the-exiles-10756.html?cHash=ec3ca001b9
http://www.visitguernsey.com/victor-hugo


About Victor Hugo:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hugo

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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 19:52

Yes, interestingly on the accession of Napoléon III, Hugo, having been declared a traitor, fled first to Brussels (1852) and then Jersey (1853-55). But unfortunately he was expelled from Jersey for supporting a local anti-monachist newspaper by writing things (fairly mild things it has to be said) that were critical of Queen Victoria, ... and so he moved to Guernsey, which was of course a different "country" and with a different government to Jersey.

In Guernsey he and his family settled at Hautville House in Saint Peter Port, and he lived there in fairly contented and peaceful exile away from France, Britain, Belgium ... and Jersey, from October 1855 until 1870. In exile in Guernsey he churned out some of his most biting anti-monarchist writings and political pamphlets (which were smuggled into France)  ... but also 'Les Misérables' and three published books of poetry.

It was only when Napoléon III fell from power (in 1870) and the Third Republic was established that he went back to his native France .... just in time to get trapped in Paris by the besieging Prussians, during which time he famously recorded in his writings being reduced to eating cats, dogs, rats and other "unknown" animals from the Paris Zoo.
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 21:54

Along with Vietnamese poet Nguyen Binh Khiem and Chinese statesman Sun Yat-sen, Victor Hugo is also one of the Three Venerable Saints of the Cao Dai religion in Vietnam:



Not sure what the author of Quasimodo would have made of such pseudo-hagiography involving himself though. Quite amused one might imagine.
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Wed 03 Jun 2015, 23:10

I know "The Toilers of the Sea" is set in Guernsey (nominally at least) but was that written there, or later?
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Thu 04 Jun 2015, 12:06

According to the Supreme and Mighty Wiki, "Toilers" was first published in 1866, so it would have been written in Guernsey.

http://www.visitguernsey.com/victor-hugo
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Tue 23 Jun 2015, 17:56

I remember there were some extracts from "Toilers of the Sea" and "Notre Dame de Paris" in one of the French textbooks I studied at school - for translation and for practice at reading French I guess.  I can't remember the name of the textbook after all this time.  Somebody told me rather a corny joke - Quasimodo's wife went to see the priest and said "Quasi can't come out tonight - he's got a bad back".I thought it was funny albeit in a groany sort of way - or would it be deemed politically incorrect these days?
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Tue 23 Jun 2015, 18:04

Well at least he didn't have the hump!

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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Wed 24 Jun 2015, 12:06

Considering you thought that one up in the wee small hours of the morning you did well Mm.
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Wed 24 Jun 2015, 14:46

@LadyinRetirement wrote:
Considering you thought that one up in the wee small hours of the morning you did well Mm.

... and had just tottered back from the village midsummer bonfire and party of the Feux de la St Jean knowing I had to get up at 7am to do breakfasts too!
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Wed 24 Jun 2015, 15:35

Victor Hugo is reputed to be the sender and receiver of the shortest message in history.

Enquiring about the sales of Les Miserables, he sent a telegram to his publisher which simple said "?".

The reply came back "!"
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Fri 26 Jun 2015, 10:32

@PaulRyckier wrote:
And Anglo-Norman, he was also in exile at Jersey and some 15 years at Guernsey...

Indeed. He romantically if inaccurately called the Channel Islands "little pieces of France cast into the sea and gathered up by England".
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Fri 26 Jun 2015, 11:25

I should have read your first post more carefully, Paul, and then I would have known the answer to the crossword question about which island Victor Hugo spent 15 years of exile at.  I knew it started with G but Gibraltar didn't fit and I didn't think as far as the Channel Islands - even today when the quiz question was which of the Channel Island didn't allow cars.  I did know that, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Fri 26 Jun 2015, 12:14

Which was the answer, Caro? Two of the main Islands don't (and they're both four letters!)
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PostSubject: Re: Victor Hugo   Fri 26 Jun 2015, 23:16

I said Sark.  But it was a multichoice and the other choices were Guernsey, Jersey and Aldersey.  And that's the limit of my knowledge of Channel Islands.  (And perhaps theirs. It's just a little daily online newspaper quiz.)
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