Carnavalet- "Paris in the time of Les Mis" exhibit

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Carnavalet- "Paris in the time of Les Mis" exhibit

Postby Marianne » Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:52 am

http://www.paris.fr/portail/Culture/Por ... t_id=14627

(Abbreviated English version here.)

Carnavalet, the museum of the history of Paris, is holding a special "Paris in the time of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables" exhibit until the first of February, in conjunction with the Victor Hugo museum's exhibit exploring the novel. Here's what the description says:

The Carnavalet Museum exhibit presents a new reading of Les Misérables where Paris is revealed as the main character of Victor Hugo's novel
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A wandering investigation, it follows the plot and chronology of the book and plunges the visitor into the heart of the action on the trail of Jean Valjean, Cosette, Fantine and Marius… The Paris of the years 1815 to 1833 is resurrected, evoked by a collection of about 220 paintings, photographs, maps, engravings, and objets d’art, almost all taken from the riches of the Carnavalet collection
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A tireless pedestrian of the city, Victor Hugo knows his neighborhoods and monuments well, but for the necessities of the narration, he takes liberties with the reality of the city, moving certain sites, modifying the layout of some neighborhoods. From the Champs-Elysées to the current XIIIth arrondissement, from the Marais to the outlying boulevards, from the Luxembourg to the Halles, the exhibit unveils the part of Paris that was reinvented by Hugo's pen from that of the real Paris. It also delivers to the public Victor Hugo's secrets, revealing the autobiographical events which the author often refers to in various passages of the work.

The presentation, which compares old maps and current ones, allows one to imagine the episodes of the novel in the contemporary capital, like an invitation to walk in the footsteps of Les Misérables.

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There's also a 150-page book of the contents of the exhibit available for €25--there's no link to buy it online, but they do include the ISBN, so I'm sure some enterprising person could find a place that's selling it.
[Dieu] entend ta voix, ô fille des hommes! aussi bien que celle des constellations; car rien n'est petit pour celui devant lequel rien n'est grand.
- George Sand, Les sept cordes de la lyre

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