Read: the introduction
the first part of the annotated translation
|In mid-nineteenth century a
budding French novelist wrote a short story featuring the amazing discovery
of a prehistoric giant near Albany on the Canadian border. He also
demonstrated his passion for river travel and attacked the Anglo-Saxon
penchant for hypocrisy. His essay must have been judged too risqué,
for it was not published during his lifetime. His son, however, rescued it
from oblivion, made considerable alterations, and published it.
The result was "Le Humbug" (1910): a fascinating tale by an author who became the best-selling writer of all time. Despite its title, setting and themes (or perhaps because of them?), "Humbug" has never been translated into English before.
The present volume will provide much food for thought for the general reader and the literary specialist.