Malpertuis

Malpertuis[EPUB] ✷ Malpertuis ✼ Jean Ray – Heartforum.co.uk A manuscript stolen from a monastery, the ancient stone house of a sea trading dynasty, which may be haunted These are familiar ingredients for a Gothic novel, but something far strange and disconcert A manuscript stolen from a monastery, the ancient stone house of a sea trading dynasty, which may be haunted These are familiar ingredients for a Gothic novel, but something far strange and disconcerting is taking place within the walls of Malpertuis as the relatives gather for the impending death of Uncle Cassave The techniques of H P 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.

Raymundus Joannes de Kremer was a Flemish Belgian writer who used the pen names John Flanders and Jean Ray He wrote both in Dutch and FrenchHe was born in Ghent, his father a minor port official, his mother the director of a girls school Ray was a fairly successful student but failed to complete his university studies, and from to he worked in clerical jobs in the city administrationBy the early s he had joined the editorial team of the Journal de Gand Later he also joined the monthly L Ami du Livre His first book, Les Contes du Whisky, a collection of fantastic and uncanny stories, was published during During he was charged with embezzlement and sentenced to six years in prison, but served only two years During his imprisonment he wrote two of his best known long stories, The Shadowy Street and The Mainz Psalter From the time of his release in until the outbreak of the Second World War, he wrote virtually non stopBetween and , he produced over a hundred tales in a series of detective stories, The Adventures of Harry Dickson, the American Sherlock Holmes He had been hired to translate a series from the German, but he found the stories so bad that he suggested to his Amsterdam publisher that he should re write them instead The publisher agreed, provided only that each story be about the same length as the original, and match the book s cover illustration The Harry Dickson stories are admired by the film director Alain Resnais among others During the winter of Resnais met with Ray in the hope of making a film based on the Harry Dickson character, but nothing came of the projectDuring 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 Le Grand Nocturne , La Cit de l Indicible Peur, also adapted into a film starring Bourvil, Malpertuis, Les Cercles de L Epouvante all , Les Derniers Contes de Canterbury and Le Livre des Fant mes After the war he was again reduced to hackwork, writing comic strip scenarios by the name of John Flanders He was rescued from obscurity by Raymond Queneau and Roland Stragliati, whose influence got Malpertuis reprinted in French during A few weeks before his death, he wrote his own mock epitaph in a letter to his friend Albert van Hageland Ci g t Jean Ray homme sinistre qui ne fut rien pas m me ministre Here lies Jean Ray A man sinister who was nothing not even a minister.

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    Paperback ✓ Malpertuis eBook Ä techniques of H P 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 171 pages
  • Malpertuis
  • Jean Ray
  • English
  • 02 April 2018
  • 0947757988

10 thoughts on “Malpertuis

  1. Vit Babenco says:

    Ancient pagan deities are not dead they were captured and now live in hiding in the old dilapidated mansion named Malpertuis.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 And although the plot is pretty linear ostensibly the story is compiled from the notes by different people it is full of unexpected turns and twists Men ar Ancient pagan deities are not dead they were captured and now live in hiding in the old dilapidated mansion named Malpertuis.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 And although the plot is pretty linear ostensibly the story is compiled from the notes by different people it is full of unexpected turns and twists Men are not born of the whim or will of the gods, on the contrary, gods owe their existence to the belief of men Should this belief wither, the gods will die Have no fear, the ancient gods won t die As long as we read Homer, Virgil and Malpertuis they will live

  2. Mir says:

    Liked the concept The frame narratives were cool The main story itself seemed a bit underdone Certainly didn t merit the Lovecraft comparisons in terms of creepiness The main character JJ was so bland it was hard to care or,importantly, buy that he motivated the events that moved around him And I have a peev about characters just walking out of the story I was expectingfrom about Nancy, especially I was just expecting somethingbrilliant and experimental, but this was e Liked the concept The frame narratives were cool The main story itself seemed a bit underdone Certainly didn t merit the Lovecraft comparisons in terms of creepiness The main character JJ was so bland it was hard to care or,importantly, buy that he motivated the events that moved around him And I have a peev about characters just walking out of the story I was expectingfrom about Nancy, especially I was just expecting somethingbrilliant and experimental, but this was entertaining enough, and I learned a couple new words.anagyrisvulnerary of use in the healing of wounds

  3. Sirensongs says:

    I can t even begin to describe how much I adored this mysterious and inscrutable tale of tenebrous and awe inspiring gloom I saw the film about a year ago, and it left its mark on my soul, but I still was not prepared for the greatness that was this book, which was quite different from the film, from what I recall Perhaps I shall find it in me to write a review at some point that will do Malpertuis justice, but at this point I think I just need to let the feelings it stirred within me percolat I can t even begin to describe how much I adored this mysterious and inscrutable tale of tenebrous and awe inspiring gloom I saw the film about a year ago, and it left its mark on my soul, but I still was not prepared for the greatness that was this book, which was quite different from the film, from what I recall Perhaps I shall find it in me to write a review at some point that will do Malpertuis justice, but at this point I think I just need to let the feelings it stirred within me percolate Brilliant

  4. Karl says:

    This book was written in 1943 by Jean Ray the best known pseudonym among the many used by Raymundus Joannes de Kremer 8 July 1887 17 September 1964 The book was originally written in French and this edition was translated by Iain White and published in England According to the introduction written by White this is Jean Ray s only full length novel, what a shame Mr White compares Ray to H P Lovecraft, but I don t see the comparison This book is much muchenticing and moody.M This book was written in 1943 by Jean Ray the best known pseudonym among the many used by Raymundus Joannes de Kremer 8 July 1887 17 September 1964 The book was originally written in French and this edition was translated by Iain White and published in England According to the introduction written by White this is Jean Ray s only full length novel, what a shame Mr White compares Ray to H P Lovecraft, but I don t see the comparison This book is much muchenticing and moody.Malpertuis is a crumbling, ancient monastery where a dying warlock has trapped the aging gods of Olympus inside the skins of ordinary citizens.p75 When the moment came to cross the threshold into the street the fear seized me p113 And horrible tears began to flow p125 A weak voice, a disembodied voice was murmuring in my ears This is fantastic Gothic Literature at it s finest A hidden diamond A narrative of mystery and terror

  5. Nate D says:

    Extravagantly weird mid century refitting of gothic dread around an eerie house and cast of odd characters vaguely competing for an inheritance Unlike the somewhat messy film version, this succeeds in maintaining mood and intrigue, and gradually unspooling its sublimely unforeseeable plot punctuated with audacious scenes of unexpected action for the full length Others have noted that it s basically a pulp story a bit haunted house and a bit And Then There Were None , but again, a singularly Extravagantly weird mid century refitting of gothic dread around an eerie house and cast of odd characters vaguely competing for an inheritance Unlike the somewhat messy film version, this succeeds in maintaining mood and intrigue, and gradually unspooling its sublimely unforeseeable plot punctuated with audacious scenes of unexpected action for the full length Others have noted that it s basically a pulp story a bit haunted house and a bit And Then There Were None , but again, a singularly weird one and escapes from being anything really reducible to either of those archetypes , with scenes of unparalleled quasi surrealist insanity Really, this was perfect pre Halloween reading I was totally satisfied

  6. S̶e̶a̶n̶ says:

    A stolen canister of yellowing manuscripts yields the strange tale of a forbidding house inhabited by an eccentric cast of the human, the quasi human, and the decidedly inhuman To step into Malpertuis is to traverse the descending darkness as unseen shadows sweep in to extinguish the lamps To cross the threshold is to risk a hardening of one s limbs To ascend the staircase to the uppermost floor is tantamount to surrendering one s soul Yet the heady redolence of rose and amber swirls aroun A stolen canister of yellowing manuscripts yields the strange tale of a forbidding house inhabited by an eccentric cast of the human, the quasi human, and the decidedly inhuman To step into Malpertuis is to traverse the descending darkness as unseen shadows sweep in to extinguish the lamps To cross the threshold is to risk a hardening of one s limbs To ascend the staircase to the uppermost floor is tantamount to surrendering one s soul Yet the heady redolence of rose and amber swirls around you Those green eyes, how they flicker like flames You belong here, with them, your family and the other so called inhabitants, peculiar and downright fiendish though they may be Malpertuis, after all, is your homeand when you are away it calls to you, as age old forces call restless migratory creatures across great distances You cannot resist its stagnant allure and so you return to it one last time before you flee for your life.Jean Ray s Malpertuis is a glowing work of supernatural Gothic fiction, displaying on every page the exotic spiced fruits of over 10 years labor in writing and revision Ray s prose envelops the reclining reader in a fragrant cloud of pipe smoke, and once ensconced I found myself loath to clear the air I read the majority of this in one sitting, and it was with great pain that I was torn from its spell only to endure the mundanity of a midday repast taken in the close confines of an establishment teeming with humanity Returning thence with much haste, I slipped once again under the power of Ray s creeping dread, where I held fast til the grand denouement, all the while thinking back on the long days spent cloistered in Malpertuis The first phantom to rise up before me was that common to all sequestered livesennui .Day in, day out it rained, and at certain times the downpour would take on the character of a raging deluge.There was no counting upon the garden and its repulsive mysteries to distract myself from the dismal and silent hours I spent in the house The leafless branches of the trees clashed together the rain lashed earth erupted into blisters and pustules that broke and dissolved into mud during the brief spells of respite, when the branches and the twigs as it were drew breath, one could hear the surly, lapping sound of the waters of the pond.

  7. Andy says:

    I starting reading this with few expectations and was very impressed 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.I really enjoy Jean Ray s short stories, some of which I think are masterpieces of weird fiction He also has a number of somewhat mediocre but better than average horror stories I wasn t sure that the same level of greatness could be ac I starting reading this with few expectations and was very impressed 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.I really enjoy Jean Ray s short stories, some of which I think are masterpieces of weird fiction He also has a number of somewhat mediocre but better than average horror stories I wasn t sure that the same level of greatness could be achieved in novel form, but this is as good as his best short fiction I think I enjoyed this , with a 50,000 word novel we can become a bitengrossed.I have to mention the visual quality of this book, it s like a German expressionist film The story primarily takes place in a dark mansion poorly lit by lamps and candles, full of high ceilings, long shadows, black corridors The visuals are quite evocative.Here s a few brief samplesIt was a resounding, slack sound, the sound of a loosened sail, flapping in the wind And at the topmost point of the spiral staircase a star went out And then, immobile, incapable of breaking the cruel spell that held me riveted to the spot, I watched the slow death of the lamps They were extinguished one by one and, at each of these eclipses, the sound was repeated, heavy and ferocious The darkness was stealthily drawing nearer to me The upper part of the stairwell was already inky black In the lamplight a decrepit hand, wax pale, brandished a sheet of paper He was galloping through the corridors, brandishing a torch that trailed a long, red tongue of flame He was rushing from lamp to lamp, touching the flame to each wick, awakening in the darkness discs of golden light Powerless and terrified, I watched his vain struggle against the darkness of Malpertuis At first I worried this would be one of those novels where everything is explained logically at the end, but it quickly became so strange that it was obvious that that was no longer an option 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 It s quite unique, in some ways I can t say I ve read anything quite like it.I don t like to use the phrase page turner for something that feels like a classic, but this book qualifies I could definitely re read this one, and can tell it will be one of my best reads of the year It s exactly what I like great atmospherics and Gothic in tone but entirely unpredictable and full of surprises

  8. Patrick.G.P says:

    Malpertuis stands as a towering edifice, a dark shadow against the backdrop of a small town A strange family has been sequestered within as part of the last will of a queer old relative Strange beings lurk in its all too long shadows, a gaunt weeping tenant is terrified of something or someone who snuffs out the light in the decrepit mansion Before long the sinister forces that have lied dormant in Malpertuis awakens and slowly begins to terrorize the inhabitants Jean Ray s novel may seem li Malpertuis stands as a towering edifice, a dark shadow against the backdrop of a small town A strange family has been sequestered within as part of the last will of a queer old relative Strange beings lurk in its all too long shadows, a gaunt weeping tenant is terrified of something or someone who snuffs out the light in the decrepit mansion Before long the sinister forces that have lied dormant in Malpertuis awakens and slowly begins to terrorize the inhabitants Jean Ray s novel may seem like a straightforward Gothic novel at first glance, but this is so muchDelirious, frightening, sad and surreal, the strange narrative of the cursed mansion and its inhabitants is told through several characters through the ages and through several manuscripts Some of the apparitions take forms that are downright bizarre and eerie, and I couldn t help thinking of the giant gloved hand making its first appearance in The Castle of Otranto There is a curious blend of mysticism, mythology, and theology here that works wonderfully throughout the novel, giving it a strange atmosphere quite unlike anything else I ve read in the Gothic tradition Absolutely worth hunting down until someone does a reprint of it

  9. Randolph says:

    An astonishing post modern Gothic novel that has to be readthan once, seriously, to be understood and appreciated When I say you must re read it, you must you will simply not get it all if you don t.Brush up on your Bullfinch too.

  10. Simon says:

    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 what a pleasant surprise it was.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 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 But what a pleasant surprise it was.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 Gothic prose, macabre similes, a creepy atmosphere and bizarre character and plot developments sustained my interest throughout The shadowy, intriguing mystery of Malpertius was gradually unveiled but its precise nature only revealed at the end although there were many clues and hints throughout.In some ways, it felt older than it actually is published in 1943 and I would recommend this to all fans of classic horror And I am certainly inclined to read someof his work if I can find it Although it will have to be short stories as I believe this is his only novel

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