Nau, John Antoine
Enemy Force by John Antoine Nau (translated with an introduction by Michael Shreve), Black Coat Press, 2010.
Enemy Force (1903) is a ground-breaking, surrealistic novel about a poet who is locked in a lunatic asylum and who mysteriously becomes possessed by an “Enemy Force,” possibly an alien being from a hellish planet orbiting the star Aldebaran. Both tragic and satirical, emotional and visionary, it is considered by many scholars to be a forgotten masterpiece of early science fiction.
John-Antoine Nau (1860-1918) was himself an eccentric French poet and writer who led a marginal existence and whose works remained mostly unpublished until long after his death.
FIRST WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS LITERARY GONCOURT AWARD (1903).
A rather odd, and yet interesting book.
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