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Gigi & The Cat by Colette

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Gigi & The Cat by Colette


Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette attracted controversy during her life in Paris, which spanned the Belle Époque, WW1, the Depression, and WW2. Intelligent, beautiful, penniless as a teenager, and living with her brother, Colette forged her own path as a vagabond, journalist, critic, writer, and music-hall star. She married three times and had lovers of both sexes.

Colette wrote several long novels and many short stories. Two short stories; "Gigi" (1944) and "The Cat" (1933) are among her most famous works. They will be a good place for us to start with Colette and experience her talent and unique French style.

To be clear, these are two separate stories. Gigi is 50 pages, and The Cat is 96 pages. I found a wonderful vintage classics edition which contains both stories, translated by Roger Senhouse:

New and used copies are available:

If someone finds good translations available digitally, please post in the comments or message me directly.

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