About this book
A biography of French novelist and contemporary of Flaubert and Zola, Alphonse Daudet, which draws on the notes he kept of the debilitating effects of syphilis. First published in 1931, this edition is edited and translated in English for the first time by Julian Barnes.
What few knew about Alphonse Daudet, the popular 19th-century French novelist, was that he suffered from syphilis. For the last 12 years of his life he kept an intimate notebook in which he recorded, with amused stoicism, the inevitable progress of the disease and his desperate pursuit of a cure.