Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World: A Literary Genius's Hidden Life

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By John Chambers

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT John Chambers

John Chambers
John Chambers has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toronto and spent three years at the University of Paris. His previous translations include “Phase One: C. E. Q. Manifesto” in Quebec: Only the Beginning. He has published numerous articles on subjects ranging More...



First English translation of Victor Hugo’s writings on his experiments in spiritualism

• Reveals Hugo’s conversations with renowned discarnate entities such as Shakespeare, Plato, Galileo, and Jesus

• Examines his contacts with aliens from the planets Mercury and Jupiter and the revelation that our entire universe is a quantum hologram

• Discusses Hugo’s possible role as a grand master of the Priory of Sion

During Victor Hugo’s exile on the Isle of Jersey, where he and his family and friends escaped the reign of Napoléon III, he conducted “table-tapping” séances, transcribing hundreds of channeled conversations with entities from the beyond. Among his discarnate visitors were Shakespeare, Plato, Hannibal, Rousseau, Galileo, Sir Walter Scott, and Jesus. According to the transcripts, Jesus, during his three visits, condemns Druidism, faults Christianity, and suggests a new religion with Hugo as its prophet.

To the skeptic, some of the “conversations” may seem self-serving--at best, the subconscious wishes of the naïve participants. But author John Chambers places Hugo’s experiments firmly in the tradition of visionary literature and psychic exploration, aligning those experiences with the poetry of William Blake, the table-tapping experiences of the Fox sisters, and the channeled writings of the great modern-day Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Merrill, whose spirits’ utterances uncannily resemble those of Hugo’s. Hugo’s transcriptions are the missing link between the early nineteenth century’s fascination with the kabbalistic Zohar, reincarnation, and the writings of the Illuminati and the rise of spiritualism and the societies for the study of psychic phenomena in the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

“Truly great and deserves to be in every library, both public and private.”
Hans Holzer, Ph.D., parapsychologist and author of Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond and Life Beyond: Compelling Evidence for Past Lives and Existence after Death

“Remember that it was after these experiences that Hugo wrote his remarkable Les Misérables.”
John F. Miller, III, Ph.D., Journal of Religion and Psychical Research

" . . . for those individuals who have an interest in either the works of Hugo, or the Spiritualism movement, this will become a valued addition to their library. It is eminently readable and very informative."
Michael Gleason,, Mar 2008

" . . . this is a fascinating story, and it is told in an engaging way."
Tom Ruffles, Nthposition, Mar 2008

"New Age collections will find it an intriguing addition."
The Midwest Book Review, Apr 08

"This intriguing corner of the great novelist's life is exceptionally well documented . . . a superb contribution to literary history and to the study of the paranormal. I recommend it highly."
Michael Prescott's Blog, Apr 08

"The late Martin Ebon contributes a fascinating introduction that gives a brisk overview of Hugo's life, and he also discusses the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai, which holds Hugo to be a major saint."
Tom Ruffles, Forten Times 236, June 2008