Dostoyevsky, extreme sport, Miyazaki…: weekend podcasts


We have chosen this weekend to enrich your ears with a multitude of sounds. It will be a question of Russian and French literature, philosophy and cinephilia, history and stories of extreme sportsmen.

“The keystone” of the work of Dostoyevsky

“The basement notebooks”, on France Culture.

Recently invited by Laure Adler, who devoted such a fine series of four programs to Dostoyevsky, André Marcowicz, who completely retranslated the author of Crime and Punishment for the Actes Sud editions, said Basement notebooks that was “Perhaps Dostoyevsky’s most characteristic book. And the most frightening, because it is a search for the limits of the unbearable. If we can bear the Notebooks, we can bear anything”.

Published in 1864, this book is a central text in the work of Dostoyevsky – “the keystone of his entire work”, will even say André Gide. The character portrayed by the Russian author, retired in a cramped room on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, speaks of himself and speaks of hatred, loneliness, humiliation. This monologue, Patrice Chéreau had read it on stage in 2005 – “It’s incredibly liberating to say so many horrors for an hour and a quarter. We awaken the demons, and then we kill them”he said to the World – then for France Culture, which has just rebroadcast it. Listen again. Emilie Grangeray

“Les Carnets du sous-sol”, by Fiodor Dostoyevsky, in a translation by André Marcowicz, are read by Patrice Chéreau with Jean Couturier directing. Listen on

Miyazaki on the paths of philosophy

“The Paths of Philosophy.  Philosophizing with Miyazaki”, presented by Adèle Van Reeth.

O joy and happiness. In 2019, Adèle Van Reeth, at the head of “Paths of Philosophy” on France Culture and soon at the head of France Inter, devoted four episodes to Hayao Miyazaki. It was marvelous to note to what extent the Japanese director’s animated films can also be listened to: thus, we heard Ponyo, a little fish girl with a raspberry-red dress and red hair, asking for arms, like the humans she wish to join. And it is moreover to Ponyo on the cliff which the first episode of these “Paths of Philosophy” was devoted to.

The second season opens with My Neighbor Totororetrospectively Miyazaki’s best-known film, released in 1988 in Japan alongside the Tomb of the Fireflies, by Isao Takahata. It is in the company of Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, professor of cinematographic studies at the University of Paris-Nanterre, that Adèle Van Reeth questions: who are the Noiraudes? Totoro? The Cat Bus? And why and how, with Hayao Miyazaki, everything seems to be between tragedy and wonder, shadow and light, in any case beyond good and evil, in a difficult but necessary balance between yesterday and today, nature and civilization . It’s exciting, and as magical and poetic as the director’s films. E.G.

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