Novellas in Three Lines, Felix Feneon, 1906

Translated by the literary critic Luc Sante in 2007, this is a collection of 1220 three line summaries of daily news items published in a Parisian newspaper Le Matin and saved from the dust bin of history by Feneon’s mistress.  They are fascinating, funny, tragic (“Both hit, she by a streetcar, he by an automobile, Marie Chevallier, 10, of Le Mans, and Le Franc, 3, of Vannes are dead”).  The real interest is the author—an art critic who discovered Seurat and coined the term neo-impressionism, a literary review founder who employed Gide and Debussy, a translator of Austen and Joyce into French—a fascinating a little known figure.