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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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Jul 17, 2018

The descent into poverty is a familiar one.

Episode 28 extras

Jul 17, 2018

I've added the locations of Mabeuf's two main residences mentioned here to our Google map.

And here are links to a trailer and a clip of the French film adaptation that I mention here, as well as full information about...

Jul 10, 2018

Marius's horizons expand, and we try to get a sense of the new world he has entered.

Episode 27 extras

Jul 10, 2018

Lots of politics today, a subject that it's hard not to distort when simplifying or summarizing. I prioritized what you need to know for Les Misérables, but if you want to know more in this area, I recommend looking beyond Hugo's rather idiosyncratic view. There are lots of good books on this topic; I suggest a general...