Paris

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Sites from the Novel

The author of this book, who regrets the necessity of mentioning himself, has been absent from Paris for many years. Paris has been transformed since he quitted it. A new city has arisen, which is, after a fashion, unknown to him. There is no need for him to say that he loves Paris: Paris is his mind’s natal city. In consequence of demolitions and reconstructions, the Paris of his youth, that Paris which he bore away religiously in his memory, is now a Paris of days gone by. He must be permitted to speak of that Paris as though it still existed.

Les Misérables, volume 2, book 5, chapter 1, “The Zigzags of Strategy”

Almost all of the settings Hugo uses in Paris really existed–or, properly speaking, had existed. By the time Les Misérables was published, a great number of them didn’t exist any longer. But behind the broad modern boulevards and lines of Hassmann buildings, sometimes it’s still possible to uncover traces of the Paris of the 1820s and 30s, and even sites that are now unrecognizable can have their location pinpointed in the Paris of today.

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