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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Apr 17, Andy rated it it was amazing. I can’t wait to read this book.

Gothic prose, macabre similes, a creepy atmo I didn’t have any idea what to expect before reading this but did malpeetuis solely on the basis of a recommendation from someone whose judgement I trusted and I knew nothing about it or the author. Books by Jean Ray. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.

Malpertuis by Jean Ray

Between andhe produced over a hundred tales in a mzlpertuis of detective stories, The Adventures of Harry Dickson, the American Sherlock Holmes. The main character JJ was so bland it was hard to care or, more importantly, buy that he motivated the events that moved around him. I have seen the Kumel film and I concur with you about Susan Hampshire; she is amazing.

I was totally satisfied. The story primarily takes place in a dark mansion; poorly-lit by lamps and candles, full of high ceilings, long shadows, black corridors. Mi meraviglio che non ne abbi Men are not born of the whim or will of the gods. An astonishing post-modern Gothic novel that has to be read more than once, seriously, to be understood and appreciated.

I have to mention the visual quality of this book, it’s like a German expressionist film. He was rushing from lamp to lamp, touching the flame to malppertuis wick, awakening in the darkness discs of golden light.


I’m only making a comment. Lovecraft, but I don’t see the comparison. Okay, so it’s rare. Saturday, November 20, Malpertuis by Jean Ray. I was leaning toward a 3 star rating at this point. The book was originally written in French and this edition was translated by Iain White and published in England. PaperbackAtlas Anti-classicspages. Add to Your books. 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.

But do people who buy rare books actually read them, or do they put them on a display shelf where they are never handled? It was quite a complex narrative structure, with four embedded narratives within the main one, and a big cast of characters that took time for me to get my head around but once I had settled in, this book was a pleasure to read. According to the introduction written by White this is “Jean Ray’s” only full length novel, what a shame. They encounter a fellow mariner who does not seem to belong to their own time.

Want to Read saving…. She has done much wonderful television work over the years and is still going strong. The estate is a cold, dark, and dreary place.

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Wikipedia in English None. Malpertuis certainly has elements of the gothic, of the surreal, of the decadent, and of what Americans were starting to call weird fiction. In order to create this gorgeous and flowery Gothic novel Jean Ray lavishly used mythology and mysticism so the atmosphere of the novel is intriguingly enigmatic and its artfully macabre aura is quite enchanting. Ray is not quite as terrifying as Lovecraft though fairly gruesome in placesand he is certainly not as cheerful as Stephens, but he does add a certain level of surrealist incomprehensibility to the mix that is appropriate for a slightly older contemporary of Magritte, who like Magritte stayed in Belgium and wrote this book during the German occupation.


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Feb 17, Karl rated it jalpertuis was amazing Shelves: It’s a really, really bizarre book. Aug 31, Ronald rated it really liked it Shelves: Most only have the faintest traces of their powers, if at all, and are existing in a state of amnesia.

A puzzle box of a novel that can probably only be opened by stomping underfoot. Apparently the lead narrator there are a few different narrators Jean-Jacques is a Hercules-like character, half mortal and half god. Apparently his short story collection Ghouls in My Grave is highly thought of – and sought after: A manuscript stolen from a monastery, the ancient stone house of a sea-trading dynasty, which may be haunted. From the time of his release in until the outbreak of the Second World War, he malpertuiis virtually non-stop.

You can’t tell whether malpsrtuis are really happening or imaginary. A few weeks before his death, he wrote his own mock epitaph in a malpegtuis to his friend Albert van Hageland: I didn’t know anything about the book going in and expected it to be a horror story, a haunted house novel. My edition makes the inevitable link with H.