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Les Misérables

Les Misérables (French pronunciation: ​[le mizeʁabl(ə)]) is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title. However, several alternatives have been used, including The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims and The Dispossessed. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.

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This is my favorite song from Les Miserables. I want to write an orchestral arrangement for it.

Contributed by Libby Anderson

Asteroid 24601 Valjean, which was discovered in 1971 by Luboš Kohoutek in Hamburg-Bergedorf, was named after Jean Valjean. They even matched Valjean's prison number to the number of the asteroid, 24601.

Contributed by Katlyn Powers

The original form of "One Day More", one of the most iconic songs from Les Misérables, "Demain" involves nearly every character in the musical. From Jean Valjean's fear for his adopted daughter Cosette, to Cosette and Marius's fear of being separated from each other, to the revolutionary climate preparing to boil over in the hopes of ushering in a new age of liberty for France, every thread of the story comes together in Demain, which allows it to speak for the musical all on its own. The song occurs at the end of the first act, ushering in the second with prophetic lyrics that reference its own very placement in the musical: "Demain sera pour tous un lendemain qui ne peut pas mentir // C'est demain que chacun connaîtra son destin!" (Translation: "Tomorrow will be, for everyone, a day that tells no lies // Tomorrow each man will know his fate!")

Contributed by Denn Raphael Guerrier

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