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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!

The comment function on this page was giving us trouble--comments disappearing, that sort of thing--so I've shut it off...

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Mar 19, 2019

The perils of being trapped inside, and of getting out.


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...


Mar 5, 2019

In which we're surprised to learn who might be on the other side of the barricade.


Episode 47 extras

Mar 5, 2019

If you want to learn more about 1848, and are a fan of this genre, I once again recommend the Revolutions podcast. Series 7 covers the Revolution(s) of 1848.

Here again is that 1823 map, which makes the Saint-Antoine and Temple faubourgs clearly visible.

Here's a painting of the Place de la Bastille in June...