“…fiction is the vehicle of truth.”

Bellos, David. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 856-857). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

The quote in context:

Hugo drew on authentic historical documentation and on the accounts of contemporaries for his reconstruction of the events of 5– 6 June 1832, but he also made many changes to the facts. Not out of sloppiness or disrespect, but because fiction is the vehicle of truth. Derealizing the actually rather sad and sordid events of that night allowed him to bring out the higher and more important meanings of ‘revolution’ for the past and future history of France.

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