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Le Grand Meaulnes


Henri Alain-Fournier


translated by R.B. Russell


John Fowles described Le Grand Meaulnes as a novel that ‘has haunted the European mind since it first appeared in 1913. It is a novel one never quite forgets, a book like a secret garden...’


Le Grand Meaulnes is a story of the end of youth, with its sense of wonder and idealism, and the transition to adulthood and experience. In a story which exquisitely blends realism with a hint of fantasy, Augustin Meaulnes is haunted by the memory of a beautiful girl briefly encountered in a fantastic ‘domain’. However, Meaulnes finds himself unable to return there both physically and emotionally.


An acknowledged modern classic, Le Grand Meaulnes is offered here in a new translation which is more sympathetic to the poetic original than previous editions.


First published by Tartarus Press, 1999, it is offered here as an ebook only.



‘Poetic...has clearly been undertaken with affection.’ Adrian Tahourdin,Times Literary Supplement.

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