MALPERTUIS JEAN RAY PDF
Malpertuis cover image, Malpertuis. Jean Ray. Atlas Anti-Classics 5. Translated and Introduced by Iain White. ISBN 0 98 8 pp 19 x 17cm, out of print. Jean Ray’s novel Malpertuis is a strange little book indeed. It’s not immediately obvious wherein lies the strangeness, but don’t despair. Malpertuis by Jean Ray – book cover, description, publication history.
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It appears at first to be about malprtuis peculiar inhabitants of the house of Malpertuis, in a city which is presumably Ghent in the dying days of Francophone supremacy; but in fact it turns into a peculiar confrontation between the organised Catholic church and the gods of ancient Greece.
The narrative has an unusual structure. Sep 18, Orrin Grey rated it it was amazing.
White compares Ray to H. M This book was written malpettuis by “Jean Ray” the best-known pseudonym among the many used by Raymundus Joannes de Kremer 8 July — 17 September I can’t wait to read this book.
Powerless and terrified, I watched his vain struggle against the darkness of Malpertuis. And why does GR recommend books that are inaccessible to most readers?
Which it is, sort of, but the nature jen the haunting is unexpected and highly original, though it may not satisfy all readers. The ultimate solution to the mystery is obvious, but somehow getting there never feels like it is, and the whole production has such an ominous, almost apocalyptic quality that everything is carried along with a kind of breathless urgency.
Drawn back to the doomed house. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. I didn’t have any idea what to expect before reading this but did so solely on the basis of a recommendation from someone whose judgement I trusted and I knew nothing about it or the author.
Malpertuis by Jean Ray. We then move on to the main narrative, written by the unfortunate Jean-Jacques Grandsire. But what a pleasant surprise it was.
Others have noted that it’s basically a pulp story a bit haunted house and a bit And Then There Were Nonebut again, a singularly weird one and escapes from being anything really reducible to either of those archetypeswith scenes of unparalleled quasi-surrealist insanity. Are the inhabitants of Malpertuis demons? Haven’t read it, but I was quite taken with the early ’70s film adaptation, starring an ailing Orson Welles.
There are, I think, four inter-layered plots.
It’s like reading the narrative of a crazy person, but it works! Unread books may as well not exist in the first place. I really enjoy Jean Ray’s short stories, malpertuid of which I think are masterpieces of weird fiction.
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Aug 25, Dfordoom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Add to Your books. Dec 26, Mzlpertuis rated it really liked it Shelves: Does he exist in the past, or on another timeline?
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The story is told from the point of view of a young man, Jean-Jacques. Basically Cassave was once a powerful occultist and alchemist. Even worse, he is uncertain if he can trust any of the other inmates of the house.
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The main story itself seemed a bit underdone. This book just swims in mood, a Gothic mood of oppressive melancholy and quiet waiting, yet it’s punctuated by inexplicable, horrific events that remain completely unexplained for some time.
Jul 25, Joel Ayala Alicea rated it it was amazing. An astonishing post-modern Gothic novel that has to be read more than once, seriously, to be understood and appreciated.
Jan 20, Sirensongs rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? Malpertuis certainly has elements of the gothic, of the surreal, of the decadent, and of what Americans were malertuis to call weird fiction. Un romanzo horror che riesce pienamente a centrare il suo obiettivo. Lovecraft, but I don’t see the comparison.