11 Jun Talk

Mark Bostridge: In Pursuit of Love - In Search for Victor Hugo’s Daughter

at St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
Tuesday 11 June from 18:00 to 19:00

In July 1863, Victor Hugo’s daughter Adèle suddenly left Hauteville House, never to return.

She was in pursuit of a young British soldier with whom she’d fallen in love. She followed him across the world to Nova Scotia and Barbados, only to face his rejection. Eight years later she was brought back to Paris, her sanity broken. She ended her days in a mental institution. Mark Bostridge talks about his obsession with this tragic story, and how he followed in Adèle’s footsteps, uncovering the truth about her and the mysterious soldier she loved. He asks questions about the writing of biography and its future, and examines the ways in which other people’s stories can possess us.

In conversation with Larry Malcic.

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