The missing work has been the subject of rumors among Parisian academics for decades. Some never stopped searching for it, others doubted its existence and many nourished a hope that it would help them to understand Marcel Proust, probably the most complex French writer of the 20th century.

Now Gallimard, a publishing house, has disclosed that long-lost work, entitled 75 Pages, does exist and will be published next month. It was discovered in bundles of old documents.

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