Short story: “Bourgenew & Co.”

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“Bourgenew & Co.” (“La Maison Bourgenew”), by Jean Ferry, translated from the French by Edward Gauvin

The original story first appeared in the August 1953 issue of La (Nouvelle) Nouvelle Revue Française; Gauvin’s translation appeared in Subtropics issue 16, Spring/Summer 2013 (story here; issue table of contents here); see also Gauvin’s notes on his work

2,583 words in this English version

I really like this story, though I have to admit that the realistic opening initially appealed to me a lot more than the hallucinatory sequence (which may or may not represent a glimpse of the afterlife).