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New issues on 25 May 2021

BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821 into a petty bourgeois family. After studying law, which did not interest him much, he turned to writing and got down to writing his novel Madame Bovary. Published in 1856, the work revolutionized romantic writing with its realistic style but earned him a trial, from which he was acquitted, for insulting public morality and good morals. In 1862, he also met with success thanks to Salammbô, while in 1869, L'Education sentimentale was poorly received by critics. Exhausted by his nervous illness and his financial problems, the writer died in Croisset on May 8, 1880, leaving unfinished the great satirical work Bouvard and Pécuchet which he had started in June 1874.

Design and line-engraving: Yves BEAUJARD
Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations


BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

An emblematic writer of 19th century Russia, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) left a deep mark on the literary landscape. At the end of a childhood touched by pain and mourning, he entered the progressive intellectual circles of Saint Petersburg and became involved in politics. Arrested by the Tsar and sentenced to four years in prison in Siberia, he discovered the victimized popular layers. He then reconnects with the liberals and becomes a convinced nationalist. Inspired by his readings, especially by Balzac, Dostoyevsky began to publish novels early on. His writing features complex and ambiguous characters who are constructed through their social interactions, as in Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov. His tormented work, haunted by the search for authenticity, sets out to describe the world in all its reality. His career continues to oscillate between exaltation and disillusion, and it is only very late that he is recognized.

Design: Gueorgui CHICHKINE
Line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 30 x 40,85 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations


150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MARCEL PROUST

Born in Paris in 1871 into a bourgeois family, Marcel Proust studied literature at the Sorbonne from which he graduated in 1895. He rubbed shoulders with writers and other artists in aristocratic salons, which aroused in him a great interest in writing. In 1907, he began writing his novel In Search of Lost Time, the first volume of which, entitled Swann’s Way, appeared in 1913. In 1919, he won the Prix Goncourt for the sequel, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flowers. The book represented on the stamp, Letters to the Duke of Valentinois, contains letters addressed by Proust to his friend Prince Pierre of Monaco. This correspondence had been kept secret until 2016, when they appeared in the Annales monégasques, a historical review published by the Archives of the Palace of Monaco.

Design: Cyril DE LA PATELLIERE
Line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process: Steel-engraving and offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations


400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JEAN DE LA FONTAINE

Born in 1621 in Château-Thierry, Jean de La Fontaine is the best known of the 17th century French poets, and he was in his time, if not the most admired, at least the most read, notably thanks to his Tales and his Fables. A dazzling stylist, he carried the fable, a genre before him minor, to a degree of achievement that remains unsurpassed. Moralist, not moralizing, he takes a lucid look at power relations and human nature, without forgetting to please in order to educate. His work occupies a prominent place in the French cultural heritage and certain precepts have entered popular wisdom.

Design and line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations


These issues will be on sale at the “Office des Timbres”, the “Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies”, the post offices and philatelic counters of the Principality, the Monaco stamp-dealers as well as the “Carré d’Encre” in Paris, France. They will be included, with other values, in the 2nd Part of the philatelic programme 2021 and offered to our subscribers and customers.