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Novels in Three Lines by Félix Fénéon

Novels in Three Lines

by Félix Fénéon

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A beautifully illustrated book with charming, mordant three-line epitaphs that taste of the dry wit of Edward Gorey. The illustrations are collage-style, much like Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python illustrations, with photos, ink, markers and possibly crayon. Unlike Gorey, these scenarios are not fictional. They were brief news items written in a French newspaper in 1906 by Felix Fénéon, a member of the literati and an anarchist.

Some of the dark tidbits made me giggle. Some were rather sad. They all captured an intriguing tone of turn-of-the-century France. Overall, it’s an evocative collection, but can they really be considered three line “novels?” True, Hemmingway wrote a six word “novel” that he claimed was his best work.

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Pretty sharp, that. But in this case, I was left wanting a bit more after tearing through this $24.95 hardback in about half an hour. Enjoyed, yes. But probably better to borrow from the library. ( )
  David_David_Katzman | Nov 26, 2013 |
I wish I could write sentences like this. He makes it seem so easy, boiling it all down to the essentials. ( )
  helynrob | Aug 13, 2013 |
A collection of short little articles chronicling the absurd and comic and tragic events of 1904 France. The brevity and soul of a Maupassant, the journalist realism of Zola, in the length of a Tweet. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Fénéon was a brilliant French intellectual, an anarchist activist, a writer of considerable talent but no reputation to speak of, and a promoter of French painters, writers, and liberal thinkers. In 1906, Fénéon was employed by the French daily Le Matin. During that year, he wrote 1,220 fait-divers—"sundry events," short news items that occupied a very few newspaper columns. Fénéon's fait-divers were uniquely and cleverly written, coming to be known as "novels in three lines." This collection of all but 154 of his fait-divers is pure fun and a bit of literary genius. ( )
  bookcrazed | Jan 4, 2013 |
As the title says, all of human life is there. Faits divers from Le Matin, for instance, one taken at random from p. 32 "At the station in Macon, Mouroux had his legs severed by an engine. `Look at my feet on the tracks!' he cried, then fainted. ( )
  jon1lambert | Nov 9, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Félix Fénéonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sante, LucTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vallotton, FélixIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wald Lasowski, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wald Lasowski, RomanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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