The sores of the human race, those great sores which cover the globe, do not halt at the red or blue lines traced upon the map. In every place where man is ignorant and despairing, in every place where woman is sold for bread, wherever the child suffers for lack of the book which should instruct him and of the hearth which should warm him, the book of Les Miserables knocks at the door and says: 'Open to me, I come foryou.'"
This description by Victor Hugo of his novel Les Miserables has proven accurate. For more than hundred-fiftyyears now, it has been read, transposed into films, plays and musicals all over the world. There is something universal and timeless in the situations as developed by Hugo in his story: poverty, lack of education, injustice, cruelty, indifference. But it is not only about that, and it would not have been included in our series on Illumination, Heroism and Harmony if it was only that. Les Miserables is a story of transformation. There is, omnipresent, the great power of compassion, of love, which can convert a human being.