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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Antic and crazed, bizarre and idiosyncratic European Gothic.

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I can’t think of how I could describe its plot without falling into nasty spoilering, so I’ll just say that you get into a strange house with uncanny people in it, and nothing is what it seems, nothing at all.

The main story itself seemed a bit underdone. I enjoyed parts of the book and admire what Ray was trying to do, but I can’t say I loved the book overall. Iain White Translator, Introduction.

Sure, it all made sense at the end, but there should have been more clues earlier on so that I could have picked up the symbolism.


Jul 26, Miriam rated it liked it. Raj could definitely re-read this one, and can tell it will be one of my best reads of the year. 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.

And the house is more than just a mysterious old house. 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: As long as we read HomerVirgil and Malpertuis they will live. The novel Malpertuis is written in a highly readable style and at time wild and funny.


We then move malperyuis to the main narrative, written by the unfortunate Jean-Jacques Rayy. This book just swims in malpegtuis, a Gothic mood of oppressive melancholy and quiet waiting, yet it’s punctuated by inexplicable, horrific events that remain completely unexplained for some time.

Apr 17, Andy rated it it was amazing.

Atlas Press Anti-Classics – Malpertuis – Jean Ray

Oct 11, Katerine rated ejan it was amazing Shelves: Cassave realized it’s in the god’s nature to play out dramas which is why he has them all come together to live within Malpertuis where they can unknowingly act out predestined fates. By the early s he had joined the editorial team of the Journal de Gand. Posted by dfordoom at His will is both generous and restrictive. Will Errickson June 10, at Tanto affascinante quanto evocativo, si gioca tanto bene sulle impressioni di mistero suscitate nel lettore, quanto negli orrori descritti vivamente e chiaramente.

Wikipedia in English None. Jan 06, Timothy Jarvis rated it really liked it.

It’s a really, really bizarre book. A manuscript stolen from a monastery, the ancient stone house of a sea-trading dynasty, which may be haunted. References to this work on external resources.

But no doubt best not to try Olympus and takes the surviving gods as captives. Malppertuis the other authors section. Books by Jean Ray. They were extinguished one by one and, at each of these eclipses, the sound was repeated, heavy and ferocious.


It is puzzling at first but quite fascinating.

Edit to localize it to your language. I have seen the Kumel film and I concur with you about Susan Hampshire; she is amazing.

A wonderfully weird and humorous horror fantasy, like Poe on acid.

CD Audiobook 0 editions. Jean Ray goes out of mzlpertuis way describing it’s gothic features. She has done much wonderful television work over the years and is still going strong. He also has a number of somewhat mediocre but better than average horror rat. 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. An astonishing post-modern Gothic novel that has to be read more than once, seriously, to be understood and appreciated. The publisher agreed, provided only that each story be about the same length as the original, and match the book’s cover illustration.