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 […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-three)             Among the establishments worth calling attention to, we cite again the Government House, the Town Hall, the Bank, the Bishop’s Palace, certain rum factories, the Perinelle sugar refinery, the Bethlehem Asylum, the Customs Warehouse, the Navy Barracks, and the Colonial Hospital […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-two)                             XLIII That Which Was Saint-Pierre     In the course of this volume, I have given a few brief indications of what Saint-Pierre had been, before the catastrophe. There is also a very […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy-one)                       Despite all their efforts, the tourists could not approach the crater. For that, they would have needed to cross the lake at one of its widest points, 300 meters. They thought they had found a ford, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventy

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventy)                             XLII The Crater Before the Catastrophe     In the course of various interviews I have published, various information has been noted, on the state of the crater of Mount Pelée, between the […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-nine

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-nine)                               XLI   The Catastrophe and the Seers     It was to be expected. The catastrophe must have been predicted by the seers, and above all, by one seer. The creoles have […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixty-eight

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixty-eight)                   The bishop had spoken of Sodom. One of his priests, the curé of Point-de-Pitre, pronouncing a sermon on the 10th of May, dared only make allusion to the cursed cities… But what allusion. Here is the sermon, taken […]