Published in 1978 by Gallimard. Text in French.
Henri Bosco (1888 –1976) was a French writer. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
Une Ombre is one of his later works, first published after his death in 1978.
Monneval-Yssel, the narrator, discovers one day in an old trunk a manuscript of his great-uncle Jean-Gabriel Dellaurgues remained until then secret: Relation of a trip that I made in the Var in 1850 during the 'summer. It is 35 years to this day. The events he relates to it with extraordinary thoroughness are so incredible that the nephew is struck to the soul. Did Uncle Gabriel really live this journey in the Haut-Var with his privileged places - among others the village of Cotignac, an inn, a church, an antique shop - or was he the toy of fantasies? For the journey consisted in pursuing, night and day tirelessly, an elusive Shadow. Who is this Shadow? one of those earlier forms, desperate to reincarnate in a new prison of flesh? After a careful reading of the manuscript, the nephew decides to start again the crazy itinerary in the hope of discovering, through his own experience, the deep motives. And now, in his turn, seventy-five years after his uncle, the young man is forced to undergo the same appearances, the same esoteric signs, the same phenomenal hauntings, which lead him on a dividing line between madness and the reason. In this place, the old Shadow and the recent Shadow meet, merge, show the reader in a blinding way that the most concrete will can do nothing against the sovereign reign of the l'Irréel.
In good clean condition throughout, with a few yellow marks on the spine. The binding is very tight, possibly unread.