Friendly reminder that the street “Victor Hugo” in Paris was named like that while Victor Hugo himself still lived here.
So people would write him letters adressed to “Mr Victor Hugo, on his own street”.
My favorite thing about Victor Hugo is that the Notre Dame Cathedral was a huge eyesore on the verge of collapsing and was planned to be demolished but Victor Hugo was like “hey :( I like that building” and wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame to save it. and it worked
In the book he described the cathedral in the state it was in but also in comparison to what it looked like in the 15th century before it got all fucked up in the French Revolution. His book got translated into a fuck ton of languages and was distributed all around Europe. Tourists who were fans of him would go to see it while in Paris and were appalled to see just how bad of shape it was in and it started to become stain on paris’ reputation.
So finally the king funded the Hella expensive restoration which I imagine was one really fucking gnarly project, the structure it’s self being the tip of the ice burg because of how many religious artifacts and statutes and junk that had been ruined.
So thanks Vicky that’s one hell of a beautiful tower.
the hunchback of notre dame was published 31 years before les miserables, but having come across the line ‘fashion has done more harms than revolutions’ i’m pretty sure i’ve identified the moment where victor hugo conceived the character of montparnasse
“I wish Disney had done in English what they did in Russian for THoND. In
the Russian dub, only Frollo uses the slur for Romani people (and Quasi
starts to before he catches himself) and other people use the correct
term. It’s very jarring to watch the English version and see even the
heroes use the g-word constantly. They had a chance to teach kids that
word is wrong but they didn’t take it.”