Les Miserables

Don QuixoteDon Quixote, the beloved itinerant knight.

List of recommended reference books and commentary articles on "Don Quixote" - The world's greatest novel is still interesting! The more you know about it, the more you enjoy its charm!

Don Quixote" is interesting! There is no doubt about this.

And it is not only interesting, but its depth is also extraordinary. It has been loved by great people all over the world.

To enjoy "Don Quixote" even more, this article introduces recommended books!

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

(16) Dostoevsky's days in Geneva - Start of writing "The Idiot" and birth of the famous manager, Madame Anna

Geneva is located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Dostoevsky stayed in this city famous for Rousseau and Voltaire.

The two of them survived the hell of Baden-Baden. Their relationship has clearly changed. It is clearly different from that of Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky at the beginning of their departure. Having endured days of hardship, a strong bond was formed between the two of them.

In this article, we would like to introduce some unintentionally heartwarming episodes of their friendship. We hope that many people will be able to learn more about their friendly relationship.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(16) Visiting Waterloo, the site of Napoleon's defeat - an ancient battlefield that Hugo went to great lengths to visit in order to complete his Remisée.

パリを出発した私が向かったのはベルギー国内にある古戦場ワーテルローの地。

ここは1815年にナポレオンが最終決戦の末に敗れ、彼の栄光に終止符が打たれた場所として知られています。

そしてここは『レ・ミゼラブル』を書き上げたユゴーにとっても非常に重要な場所でした。

この記事ではそんなナポレオンとユゴーのゆかりの地ワーテルローについてお話ししていきます。

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(7) Paris Sewerage Museum - Experience the guts of the monster that Jean Valjean of Les Misées stepped on! And other places related to the film

In this stroll through Paris, there is one spot that I would highly recommend to the general public, even though it is maniacal.

That will be the Sewerage Museum of Paris, which we will introduce here.

Jean Valjean, the hero of my favorite "Les Miserables," steps through these Parisian sewers to save Marius.

However, Paris at that time was known as a city of stench and filth. Moreover, the sewers were almost labyrinthine and dangerous for people to enter. I went to this museum to get a feel for the world of darkness and pollution that Jean Valjean had traversed.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(6) Tour of Paris and Balzac's places of interest: Boulogne Forest, Balzac's House, Pere Rachaise Cemetery.

This article will introduce the places associated with Balzac, the French literary giant famous for "Grandpa Goriot.

We will look in turn at the Boulogne Forest, which is significant in the novel, and Balzac's house and the Pere Lascheuse cemetery, where his grave is located.

It was especially satisfying to see his favorite walking stick and coffee pod at Balzac's house.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(5) Visit the Invalides where Napoleon's tomb is located - The more you know about Napoleon, the more charismatic he became.

After visiting the graves of Rousseau, Voltaire, Zola, and Hugo at the Panthéon, I headed to the Invalides. This is where Napoleon is buried.

Still, the imposing standing of the Invalides is enough to make one sigh. In a sense, such an architectural structure is Napoleon's tombstone. It reminds us of how huge a person Napoleon was.

In this article we will talk about Napoleon.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(4) Dostoevsky poking fun at French eloquence in the Pantheon - And I visit the tombs of Zola and Hugo

In this article we will talk about the Pantheon, which was also visited by Dostoevsky.

Here are the graves of philosophers such as Voltaire and Rousseau, and national literary figures such as Zola and Hugo.

Dostoevsky wrote about this episode in the Pantheon in his "Impressions of Summer in Winter". This is a very humorous and interesting story, which I will introduce in this article.

Dostoevsky may have a dark and stern image, but he is actually a mischievous character as well. His eloquent and intoxicating exchanges with the Frenchman cannot help but elicit a giggle.

French Literature, History and Culture

Gaston Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera" Synopsis and Impressions - The original musical by the Shiki Theatre Company was full of suspense!

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical that I also love. It was a very enjoyable read of its original work. It is best to think of it as something completely different from the musical. This is one story that can be enjoyed as such. It is easy to read and the harrowing developments made it a quick read.

I highly recommend it to fans of musicals. It shows what a monster Andrew Lloyd-Webber was in adapting this original story into a musical. This was very interesting to me as well. I highly recommend you pick up a copy.

French Literature, History and Culture

Summary and Impressions of Kosei Ogura's "The Social History of "The Secret of Paris"" - What is Eugène Hsu's Newspaper Novel that Influenced Dostoevsky and Marx?

本書ではウージェーヌ・シューの作品を見ていくことでこの人物がいかに優れた業績を残していたかを目の当たりにすることになります。

十九世紀フランスの出版事情やメディア業界の裏側も知れるものすごく刺激的な作品となっています。これは面白いです。ぜひぜひおすすめしたい作品となっています。

フランス文学だけでなく、ロシア文学やイギリス文学、マルクスを考える上でも非常に興味深い指摘が次々と出てきます。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。