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Monsieur de Bougrelon and Other Stories

by Jean Lorrain
translated by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Monsieur de Bougrelon, which originally appeared in serial form in Le Journal between 20 January and 10 May 1897, is here presented in English in a wonderful and fully annotated translation by Brian Stableford. This literary masterpiece, the eponymous “hero” of which is an extraordinary invention, remarkably exotic even by the standards of an era in which the intersection of neo-Naturalist and Symbolist Movements had created an intense interested in abnormal psychologies, is, for all its calculated eccentricity a strangely poignant work. It is not surprising that Monsieur de Bougrelon continued to haunt the author long after he had completed its composition and, as literary revenants go, the character is one of those most likely to make a liminal but profound impression even in today’s world.

In addition to the title novella, the present volume includes nine delightful stories from Lorrain’s later period, which have never before appeared in English.

Cover by Georges Goursat

Published by Snuggly Books in July 2020
ISBN: 978-1-64525-035-7

The Brian Stableford Website