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 just expecting something more brilliant and experimental, but this was e Liked the concept. May Monthly LH Read: But what a pleasant surprise it was. Jean Ray, where have you been all my life?
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During the Second World War Ray’s prodigious output slowed, but he was able to publish his best works in French, under the name Jean Ray: Perhaps Euryale least of all, but he cannot help but feel the extraordinary fascination she exerts. He discovered that many the ancient gods still lived, but in a very weakened form.
Jan 24, Umberto Rossi rated it it was amazing.
Powerless and terrified, I watched his vain struggle against the darkness of Malpertuis. Tanto affascinante quanto evocativo, si gioca tanto bene sulle impressioni di mistero suscitate nel lettore, quanto negli orrori descritti vivamente e chiaramente.
Malpertuis 18 28 May 27, Certainly an essential read for sf fans interested in Belgium, or Jen interested in literary sf. About half way through the book I was thinking, “What the fuck?
And I am certainly inclined to read some more of his work if I can find it. Apr 17, Andy rated it rwy was amazing. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 6 70, 4 Oct 11, Katerine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then things really get bizarre.
From the time of his release in until the outbreak of the Second World War, he wrote virtually non-stop. I wasn’t sure that the same level of greatness could be ac I starting reading this with few expectations and was very impressed. Un romanzo horror che riesce pienamente a centrare il suo obiettivo. Edit to localize it to your language.
I don’t like to use the phrase “page turner” for something that feels like a classic, but this book qualifies. Has this guy been taking crazy pills? In fact they are none of these things but neither are they quite human.
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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.
A puzzle box of a novel that can probably only be opened by stomping underfoot. 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.
According to the introduction written by White this is “Jean Ray’s” only full length novel, what a shame. On the contrary, gods owe their existence to the belief of men. Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. The darkness was stealthily drawing nearer to me. But do people who buy rare books actually read them, or do they put them on a display shelf where they are never handled?
These are familiar ingredients for a Gothic novel, but something far more strange and disconcerting is taking place within the walls of Malpertuis as the relatives gather for the impending death of Uncle Cassave.
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Recommended to Nate D by: An astonishing post-modern Gothic novel that has to be read more than once, seriously, to be understood and appreciated. He was rescued from obscurity by Raymond Queneau and Roland Mwlpertuis, whose influence got Malpertuis reprinted in French during My edition makes the inevitable link with H.
Even worse, he jexn uncertain if he can trust any of the other inmates of the jen. They seem an odd lot, but young Jean-Jacques soon realises they are much than just odd. Lovecraft, when transplanted into the suffocating Catholic context of a Belgium scarred by the inquisition, produce in Jean Ray’s masterpiece a story of monumental intensity from which events of startling ferocity break the surface – without ever lessening the suspense of the tale’s approaching apocalyptic denouement.
The visuals are quite evocative. I’m only making a comment.