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Welcome to the website for "The Les Misérables Reading Companion," where you'll find all the episodes of this podcast about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, plus extras relating to what I've discussed there. 

This page is a work in progress. Come back early and often for updates!

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Apr 17, 2019

A whole new view of what's below Paris's streets. It's not pretty, but that's what's great about it.

Episode 50 extras

Apr 17, 2019

For more reading about Paris's sewers, consider David Pike's Subterranean Cities: The World beneath Paris and London, 1800–1945. (Cornell UP, 2005) and Nicholas Papayanis's Planning Paris before Haussmann. (Johns Hopkins UP, 2004). 

And here again the Preface to Cromwell, in French and in English.

And, finally, here's...

Apr 2, 2019

Friendship, rescue, and contemplating defeat, as the uprising comes to an end.

Episode 49 extras

Apr 2, 2019

Nothing in particular in the way of informative extras today, so I'll give you just a taste of the vast fandom that Enjolras and Grantaire have online.


Episode 48 extras

Mar 19, 2019

I promised to once again link to the fable of The Wolf and the Dog, here, La Fontaine's version in French, which Hugo would likely have known best, and here, Aesop's version, translated into English.

And here is the full text of "Souvenir de la nuit du 4." The text is here in French first, and, although translating...