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    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.