Malpertuis




      Malpertuis
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. Best Read Books Malpertuis by Jean Ray – bluevapours.co.uk

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 French.He 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 1910 to 1919 he worked in clerical jobs in the city administration.By the early 1920s 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 1925.During 1926 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 1929 until the outbreak of the Second World War, he wrote virtually non stop.Between 1933 and 1940, 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 1959 1960 Resnais met with Ray in the hope of making a film based on the Harry Dickson character, but nothing came of the project.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 Le Grand Nocturne 1942 , La Cit de l Indicible Peur, also adapted into a film starring Bourvil, Malpertuis, Les Cercles de L Epouvante all 1943 , Les Derniers Contes de Canterbury 1944 and Le Livre des Fant mes 1947.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 1956.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
  • 171 pages
  • Malpertuis
  • Jean Ray
  • English
  • 02 February 2019
  • 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 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 an...

  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 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...

  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 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 t...

  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 This book...

  5. 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 A stolen canister of yellowing manuscripts yields the strange tale of a forbidding house inh...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 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 in...

  8. 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 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...

  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 charac...

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