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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I was leaning toward a 3 star rating at this point.
Here’s a few brief samples: Will Errickson June 10, at This odd book, first published in French in and rag by a Flemish writer who styled himself “Jean Ray”, is hailed as a masterwork of Francophone speculative fiction.
Okay, so it’s rare. Basically Cassave was once a powerful occultist and alchemist. He was rushing from lamp to lamp, touching the flame to each wick, awakening in the darkness discs of golden light. This book does take chances though — the ultimate explanation is pretty over-the-top and wild, but the novel is so imaginative I let it off the hook for this. The events unfold with a dream-like quality.
A wonderfully weird and humorous horror fantasy, like Poe on acid. Jean Ray was a prolific author who moved easily between the worlds of pulp fiction and more serious literature.
The visuals are quite evocative. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.
Add to Your books. Between andhe produced over a hundred tales in a series of detective stories, The Adventures of Harry Dickson, the American Sherlock Holmes. Patrick Murtha November 20, at Which it is, sort of, but the nature of the haunting is unexpected and highly original, though it may not satisfy all readers.
And the house is malpertuos than just a mysterious old house. But I shall be keeping the memoir.
He was born in Ghent, his father a minor port malpertuiw, his mother the director of a girls’ school. Certainly didn’t merit the Lovecraft comparisons in terms of creepiness. Sure, rzy all made sense at the end, but there should have been more clues earlier on so that I could malpeftuis picked up the symbolism.
Gothic prose, macabre similes, a creepy atmo 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 itself is a manifestation of Pergatory or perhaps even Tartarus. Malpertuis certainly has elements of the gothic, of the surreal, of the decadent, and of what Americans were starting to call weird fiction. All the plots are about a house named Malpertuis. Recommended to Nate D by: I have seen the Kumel film and I concur with you about Susan Hampshire; she is amazing.
Perhaps Euryale least of all, but malprtuis cannot help but feel the extraordinary fascination she exerts.
May Monthly LH Read: I really ary no idea they were gods until near the end of the book. Dec 12, Jason rated it really liked it. The frame narratives were cool. Men are not born of the whim or will of the gods.
Oct 11, Katerine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Malpertuis is a complex and at times confusing novel, but it’s also a fantastic one, full of exactly the kind of stuff that I love in my weird fiction, as well as the kind of stuff that I love in my Gothic fiction. Although it will have to be short stories as I believe this is his only novel.
Jan 06, Timothy Jarvis rated it really liked it. Jan 24, Umberto Rossi rated it it was amazing.
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.
Antic and crazed, bizarre and idiosyncratic European Gothic. Edit to localize it to your language.
The story primarily takes place in a dark mansion; poorly-lit by lamps and candles, full of high ceilings, long shadows, black corridors. His first book, Les Contes du Whisky, a collection of fantastic and uncanny stories, was published during Malpertuis by Jdan Ray.
Jul 27, Michelle added it. Lovecraft, but I don’t see the comparison.
My advice is, don’t read anything about this book before you actually read the book. A narrative of mystery and terror. The publisher agreed, provided only that each story be about the same length as the original, and match the jen cover illustration. Unread books may as well not exist in the first place.