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Les Misérables

Les Misérables – For Musical and Movie Lovers who have not read Victor Hugo’s Novel

by Steve Antinoff

Wil (Switzerland) / Paris: UniversityMedia, 2012. 90 pages. ISBN 978-3-906000-18-3.

Mr. Antinoff’s masterful new book leads the reader straight to the heart of Victor Hugo’s novel and its musical / film adaptations: the heart of Jean Valjean and the gigantic struggle of a man to overcome egotism and become completely selfless; and the heart of Inspector Javert where justice reigns over love. Both men must learn to love, and the beauty of this book lies in enlightening the reader about the secrets of all our hearts and the ideal of love.

This book is written for those inspired by the musical and movie versions of Les Misérables who have not yet tackled Victor Hugo’s 1200-page masterpiece.

The book is sold worldwide at all major internet bookstores. For orders of 10 or more copies we offer discounts; please contact our representative.

Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables is pervaded by two central conflicts. The first is the conflict between love and justice. Love is championed by the bishop and, later, by Valjean. Justice is the supreme god of the fanatical Police Inspector Javert. The second is the conflict between love and egotism. Found within the heart of Jean Valjean himself, it is barely discernable in the Jean Valjean of the musical; but without it, the central character of Hugo’s novel and its adaptations in the performing arts cannot be fully understood.

All human beings, in experiencing the world, unavoidably find themselves as the center of their world. Self-centeredness therefore is tenacious. Yet what is commonly termed the “me generation” fell in love with a musical about a selfless man. Why is that? Is it not because there is in each of us an intimation that the highest form of self is to be selfless?

Going to the heart of Victor Hugo’s magnificent novel, Steve Antinoff’s book reveals the depth and beauty of its conception and throws new light on its central characters that inspired the authors of musical and film versions as well as a growing, world-wide public.

You will walk away with a deeper understanding of Les Misérables, and a deeper understanding of your own human nature, and the nature of all of us who struggle everyday between our higher and lower selves.
Rag Todi (Amazon reviews)

Mr. Antinoff’s compact yet penetrating book provides the reader with a welcome bridge between the musical and Hugo’s 1200-page novel, both broadening and deepening the reader’s understanding of this compelling story and shedding new light on the mysteries of the heart.
Martin Rosenfeld (Amazon reviews)