Felix Feneon – anarchist, art maven, literary instigator – edited Rimbaud's Illuminations
and was the first to publish James Joyce in French. He was also the author of 1,220 faits-divers
that appeared over the course of 1906 in the Paris newspaper Le Matin
. As stand-alone pieces, these concise, and often bizarre, three-line reports of death, naval exercises gone awry, petty theft and labor disputes are enigmatic fragments, but when viewed as a whole they form a mosaic of the era in France.
The New York Review of Books published Luc Sante's English translation of these items as Novels in Three Lines
, inspiring artist Joanna Neborsky to create illustrations and collages that vivify a selection of the trenchant vignettes.