Novels in Three Lines, Paperback

Novels in Three Lines Paperback

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F&amp;#233n&amp;#233on 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, F&amp;#233n&amp;#233on was employed by the French daily <i>Le Matin</i>. During that year, he wrote 1,220 <i>fait-divers</i>&amp;#8212"sundry events," short news items that occupied a very few newspaper columns. F&amp;#233n&amp;#233on's <i>fait-divers</i> were uniquely and cleverly written, coming to be known as "novels in three lines." This collection of all but 154 of his <i>fait-divers</i> is pure fun and a bit of literary genius.

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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.