The Mysterious Correspondent
Marcel Proust, Charlotte Mandell
Newly discovered stories from one of the great storytellers of the twentieth century
Throughout Proust’s life, nine of his short stories remained unseen – the writer never spoke of them. Why did he choose not to publish them along with the others? One possible answer is that he was developing his themes in preparation for his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time; another is that the stories were too audacious – too near to life – for the censorious society of the time.
In these stories, published here for the first time, we find an intimate picture of a young author full of darkness and melancholy, longing to reveal his true self to the world.
'The dramatic birth of a writer destined for greatness' -- Nelly Kaprielian * Les Inrockuptibles * 'A hundred years after his Prix Goncourt, the author of In Search of Lost Time returns, stronger than ever!' -- Michel Schneider * Le Point * 'To think that this treasure might have remained hidden in the shadows of the archives...' -- Mohammed Aissaoui * Le Figaro Litteraire * 'revelatory... offers a lush and emotionally raw view into [Proust's] evolution as a writer. The nine entries, annotated by footnotes, address topics such as love and suffering, homosexuality, and, of course, time lost and regained... The stories have plenty of scholarly appeal, but they are elegant on their own... Each tale features exquisite moments with expert annotations from Friasse. This volume is a fantastic discovery.' * Publisher's Weekly, starred review *
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