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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. 

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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 a picture of our (revolutionary?) souvenir from a visit to the Paris sewers! A vestige of the old sewer in the new sewer, of which Paris remains a bit proud.