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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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Episode 44 extras

Jan 23, 2019

First, some pictures of barricades.

This page has a series of pictures of historical barricades built during various uprisings in Paris. It's a tradition that continues to this day.

And some pictures of how Hugo's barricade has been imagined:

Once Les Misérables came out, representations of the June Rebellion were...

Episode 43 extras

Jan 8, 2019

A few different online treats for this week.

First, this blog might be useful again for those interested in the geographical details of this section's events.


Here is the Les Misérables-inspired poster from May 1968:


And here, again, is the Delacroix painting that Gavroche came to resemble particularly strongly in...