Short story: “Madeleine”

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“Madeleine,” by Amal El-Mohtar

Published in issue 61 of Lightspeed Magazine, June 2015

5899 words

A story about Proustian memories where the main character is named Madeleine? Kind of hokey, but I have to admit I’m jealous that I didn’t come up with it first. Anyway, more to the point, this is a good, believable story. It would work without the gimmick.

I’m not sure how to feel about the author using an epigraph from a book she hasn’t read—my pride and my anxious perfectionism would never let me do that, perhaps to my detriment—but I feel justified in chiding her for not crediting the translators. I googled it, and the translation is by C. K. Scott Moncrieff, as edited by Terence Kilmartin and D. J. Enright.