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The Mysterious Correspondent

New Stories

Translated by 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.

'To think that this treasure might have remained hidden in the shadows of the archives…'

– Mohammed Aïssaoui, Le Figaro Littéraire

'An aspiring writer in search of perfection, already preoccupied by the idea of transforming life into literature.'

– Etienne de Montety, Le Figaro Littéraire

'A hundred years after his Prix Goncourt, the author of In Search of Lost Time returns, stronger than ever!'

– Michel Schneider, Le Point

'The dramatic birth of a writer destined for greatness'

– Nelly Kaprièlian, Les Inrockuptibles