J e a n V a l j e a n X J . T I l l u s t r a t i o n
Jean Valjean is a fictional character and the protagonist
of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables. Hugo depicts the
character's 19-year-long struggle to lead a normal life
after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to
feed his sister's children during a time of economic depression and
various attempts to escape from prison.