Jane Austen paraliterature author runs for office on Mauritius

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Alert Janeite Paola sent us an article in the Mauritius newspaper l’express dimanche about a candidate for office there, Paula Atchia, who once wrote a continuation of Mansfield Park.

Férue de littérature, et notamment de Jane Austen, elle a pris beaucoup de plaisir à écrire, il y a quelques années, Mansfield Letters, la suite imaginée d’une obscure nouvelle de l’écrivain anglais, qui fut, de son propre aveu, un « échec retentissant ». « L’ordre et l’équilibre de ses idées, la construction de ses phrases me fascinent. J’aspire à ce sens de l’équilibre. »

With the help of Babelfish and our own (admittedly imperfect) grasp on le français, we came up with the following translation for the paragraph:

Set on literature, and in particular on Jane Austen, she took much pleasure in writing, some years ago, Mansfield Letters, the imagined continuation of an obscure novel of the English writer, which was, in her own words, a “resounding failure.” “The order and the balance of its ideas, the construction of its sentences fascinate me. I aspire to this sense of balance.”

Obscure?!?