Nouvelles en trois lignes

Félix Fénéon var vän med Ivan Aguéli. Det vittnar Axel Gauffins biografi om. Gauffin brevväxlade med Fénéon under arbetet med boken, visar Nationalmuseums arkiv.

De stod båda anklagade i Procés des trente 1894, men blev båda frikända.

Fénéon arbetade på det franska krigsministeriet i 13 år. Men han pysslade med mycket annat också. Han skrev under en tid för Le Matin det som kallas nouvelles en trois lignes, eller noveller på tre rader. Kanske nyheter på tre rader vore mer passande.

Det är precis som det låter, korta nyheter på tre rader text. Notiser kanske vi skulle kalla det i dag.

The photographer Joachim Berthoud could not get over the death of his wife. He killed himself in Fontanay-sous-Bois.

Boken återger drygt 1200 sådana från Le Matin 1906. Här kommer några till.

”If my candidate loses, I will kill myself,” M. Bellavoine, of Fresquienne, Seine-Inférieure, had declared. He killed himself.

At Saint-Mihiel, A. Caillet, orderly of Lt. Morin, threw himself out the window without saying why. His injuries are severe.

Zinc-smith Billiard, of Saint-Germain, father of five, hanged himself from his lamp bolt. One of his daughters came home. He was already cold.

Napoléon, a peasant of Saint-Nabord, Vosges, drank a liter of alcohol; very well, but he had put in some phosphorous, hence his death.

Det förekommer en hel del förskräckliga och explicita grymheter.

Suicide by incineration: Mme Le Bise, of Landriec, Finistère, soaked her skirts with kerosene and set them alight.

While on sentry duty Gustave Langlois, of the 4th Colonial Regiment, shot himself under the chin with his rifle. His head flew into bits.