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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 19, 2019

Even the darkest night will end.....

Episode 59 extras

Jul 19, 2019

Here's what the last page of the manuscript looks like: 


You can see here that Hugo originally had a different epitaph, which he crossed out. It reads:

"Il dort paisible après un sombre et long martyre.

Quand il n'eut plus son ange, il mourut sans rien dire;

La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,

Comme la...

Jul 18, 2019

The more some people change, the more they stay the same. 

Episode 58 extras

Jul 18, 2019

In addition to writing, Hugo could do other things with ink--here are some of his drawings, along with a bit of discussion of them.


Jul 14, 2019

In which I offer explanation, but not comfort, at this sad turn of events.