Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part six)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part six)                                 “I have seen him. I have seen him, no doubt is possible. I left the school of medicine at nightfall, after I’d finished my class. A car was stopped at […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part five)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part five)                             I waited before acting. The newspapers oppressed me more and more, with their lively mockeries of my blindness. Certain wise reporters, following personal inquiries pressed to the depths, had most certainly glimpsed […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part four)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part four)                                 His voice broke a little, his eyes became grim. A brilliant thing, that was a tear, rolled down his long nose. “What is your opinion on his disappearance?” He said […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part three)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part three)                     “You don’t know him,” he said with conviction. “He has no interest in the world but his collections. He loves no one in the world but his wife. He has for me, who respects him as […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part two)

Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. Imberger (part two)                 But when three o’clock passed, M. Imberger still was not there. Mme Imberger now felt worried. The guests were beginning to take their leaves. M. Imberger was punctuality itself, how had he not arrived? She told her anxiety […]

Baron Haussmann’s story about George Sand (conclusion)

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890 (conclusion)           I had taken care to forewarn the Lieutenant of the Gendarmerie, and upon our return to the Sous-Préfecture, we found him ready to leave with a brigade. The expedition was put in motion without delay, and in good order, thanks to the post-chaise […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Ghost of M. Imberger (part one)

New for Translation Thursday, the short stories of Frédéric Boutet, born at Bourges, 1874; died 1941 as a refugee at Arachon (WWII), a writer of mystery with occult overtones, in his lifetime compared to Poe. These stories are from Le Spectre de M. Imberger, Flammarion, 1922, public domain.   Frédéric Boutet The Ghost of M. […]

Baron Haussmann’s story about George Sand (part one)

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890                 George Sand at Nérac   Before I speak of what came next, I must tell a rather curious episode that arose during the last days of my life as a youth. I had been presented by M. le Marquis de Lusignan, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-five)                       Readers, this post ends the book (!), and so next week a new Translation Thursday project begins. This time, stories from the Golden Age of mystery, by the author Frédéric Boutet.       XLVII Fear […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-four

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-four)                   The rest of the night passed in great anxiety. We saw flames coursing over the hills, illumination enough to see the flight of numerous persons, while others were passing on the main road, announcing they would go to […]