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Fairytale Riot

My translation of Catulle Mendès’ short story, ‘Tears on the Sword’, was published earlier this year in an anthology by the Agorist Writers Workshop. My contributor copies have just arrived in the mail, and I’m very pleased to see the quality of the books. It’s available for purchase on Amazon.         *…

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The Mandrake

One of the stories by Jean Lorrain that I’ve translated over the years is La Mandragore (The Mandrake). Recently I put a couple of images on a unique Facebook page, The Golden Age of Illustration. My contribution was from the original illustrated version of 1899 of La Mandragore, and got hundreds of ‘reactions’, as they’re…

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Interview

Back in 2016 I had a translated story published by The Cossack Review. I’ve just learnt that this journal exists no more, it has gone the way of a good percentage of literary journals. The story is ‘Joseph Olenin’s Coat’ by Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé, a quirky tale about a lonely man in an isolated wintry…

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My authors: Catulle Mendès

A few weeks ago I wrote about the French author, Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé, whose stories I’ve translated (at least, a few). Today I’ll give you some titbits on de Vogüé’s contemporary and fellow countryman, Catulle Mendès, a turn-of-the-century writer who believed in the wonder of imagination to help readers through the barren polluted landscapes of…

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Forthcoming book: Stories to Read by Candlelight

My translation of Jean Lorrain’s little book, Stories to Read by Candlelight, will be published in the next few months by Odyssey Books, a small independent publisher run by an Australian in New Zealand! The stories will stay with you long after reading. I first read them in Lorrain’s 1897 collection, Contes pour lire à la…

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My authors: Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé

For the past eight years I’ve been translating the writings of a small handful of French authors, and I’ve come to know them quite well. On my ‘Translated Short Stories’ page (see above) there’s a list of titles mostly from 19th-century metropolitan France, with a few from 21st-century New Caledonia. I took a look at…

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