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    The Vampire Soul and Other Sardonic Tales ePUB á Soul Vampire Soul Poet Paul Verlaine called Villiers works a genial melange of irony, metaphysics and terror and translator Brian Stableford dubs it a bizarre literary landmark Stableford has published than fifty novels and two hundred short stories The Vampire Soul, written inthirty years before Bram Stoker s Dracula is one of the many classic vampire stories available from Black Coat Press This book is the first English language edition, and includes an authoritative introduction and historical notes."/>
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Vampire Soul and Other Sardonic Tales
  • Villiers de L'Isle-Adam
  • English
  • 11 July 2019
  • 1932983023

The Vampire Soul and Other Sardonic Tales❰KINDLE❯ ❆ The Vampire Soul and Other Sardonic Tales Author Villiers de L'Isle-Adam – Essayreview.co.uk There are other beings who know the roads of life and are curious about the paths of death So says the eccentric Doctor Tribulat Bonhomet of the Eventualists Society, adding if we were able to see Nat There are Soul and Epub Ü other beings who know the roads of life and are curious about the paths of death So says the eccentric Doctor Tribulat Bonhomet of the Eventualists Society, adding if we were able to The Vampire Epub / see Nature as it truly is, it is probable that we would shiver in horror, And shiver he does when he meets the Vampiric Soul of one of the savage OTTYSOR Jean Marie Mathias Philippe Auguste, Vampire Soul and PDF ↠ Comte de Villiers de l Isle Adam , pioneer of the Symbolist Movement, is known for his proto science fiction works Axeland L Eve FutureHe also chronicled the colorful adventures of Doctor Bonhomet collected in The Vampire Soul Poet Paul Verlaine called Villiers works a genial melange of irony, metaphysics and terror and translator Brian Stableford dubs it a bizarre literary landmark Stableford has published than fifty novels and two hundred short stories The Vampire Soul, written inthirty years before Bram Stoker s Dracula is one of the many classic vampire stories available from Black Coat Press This book is the first English language edition, and includes an authoritative introduction and historical notes.


About the Author: Villiers de L'Isle-Adam

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    Auguste Villiers de L lsle Adam 1838 1889 , eccentric French literary figure par excellence, created dozens of innovative tales and novels, but noneinnovative,peculiar than his novella The Vampire Soul Claire LenoirPublished by Black Coat Press and adopted by Brian Stableford, this collection includes several other short tales, but for the purpose of review, I will focus on the novella, the weirdest of the weird And, fortunately, to better enable a reader to appreciate the nove Auguste Villiers de L lsle Adam 1838 1889 , eccentric French literary figure par excellence, created dozens of innovative tales and novels, but noneinnovative,peculiar than his novella The Vampire Soul Claire LenoirPublished by Black Coat Press and adopted by Brian Stableford, this collection includes several other short tales, but for the purpose of review, I will focus on the novella, the weirdest of the weird And, fortunately, to better enable a reader to appreciate the novella s various dimensions, included is Brian Stableford s most informative fifteen page introduction as well as his extensive notes on the text.Doctor Tribulat Bonhomet is the novella s first person narrator and a less reliable narrator is not to be found in all of literature Bonhomet portrays himself as a brilliant, witty, dapper, highly refined and cultured man of the world in fact, he is exactly the opposite insensitive, dim witted, rude, coarse, smug, bourgeois, buffoonish Since Villiers viewed most French readers of serialized stories published in the newspapers of the day as having similar traits as Bonhomet, he was hoping his novella scheduled to be printed in installments would initially draw readers into the story and then drive some readers mad and perhaps even send a few to the lunatic asylum Brian Stableford s introduction notes how two leading French authors, Paul Verlaine and Remy de Gourmont, judged rightly when they observed that nothing like The Vampire Soul Claire Lenoirhad ever been written in the entire ninteenth century and that Villiers novella remains a bizarre literary landmark.In Chapter One Bonhomet describes his own physical characteristics in serious, excruciating detail that are laugh aloud hilarious for us as readers Here is our puffed up narrator describing one of his prominent features My nose is considerable in dimension large, even The nose, you see, is the expression of the human capacity for reason it is the organ that goes before, which enlightens, which proclaims one s presence, which scents trouble and which points the way And then, My voice is sometimes shrill and sometimes especially when I speak to women rich and profound and it can go from one to the other seamlessly, as I please This quote provides us with our first glimpse of Bonhomet s views on women totally condescending and misogynist in the extreme, reminiscent of Arthur Schopenhauer, but in Bonhomet case, he has nobrains or capacity for philosophy than Mr Bumble.A good portion of the story takes place before, during and after dinner, at the home of Bonhomet s best friends, Cesaire and Clair Lenoir Much conversation transpires many opinions are shared, including opinions on music and poetry, the nature of the mind and reality, the existence of God, the existence of soul and spirits along with a number of recent studies in the fields of medicine and natural science One of my favorite parts is when Bonhomet reflects on Edgar Allan Poe Did I mention the American That one appeared to me to be a hearty fellow with a nice line in colorful rhetoric But one thing that struck me was the way he labeled his works He called them, rather conceitedly, Unparalleled Stories or Extraordinary Tales or some such I have read all these stories and have tried in vain to see anything extraordinary in what he relates It is, in fact, the last word in banality presented, it is true, in a bourgeois manner, but banal nevertheless It sent me off to sleep many a time, in a delightful way I can only conclude that the title was chosen by the editor to pique the curiosity of vulgar readers Clair Lenoir has a keen sense of the supernatural in its many manifestations For example, as she explains to Bonhonet, There are other beings, she continued, softly, who know the roads of life and are curious about the paths of death Those, who must submit to the realm of the Spirit, disdain the years in order to possess Eternity In the depths of their sacred eyes, they are alert to a gleamprecious than a million tangible solar systems like ours, from our equator to that of Neptune As we read on, the reality of other beings, savage and demonic, frightful and possessive, take center stage in the tale, a provocative twist in light of Bonhomet s disdain and dismissal of Edgar Allan Poe.And here is Bonhomet describing Clair s husband, Cesaire He was a haunter of solitary places, a man of dark theories and a vindictive temperament Something rudimentary had gone astray in his fundamental nature He pretended, laughing under his South Sea Islander s nose, that he had something in him of the hairy vampire He was excessively fond of making jokes about cannibalism It all seemed to be submerged within bourgeois innocence, but wherever he was carried away by his favorite themes the form that the nervous fluid of a dead person might take the physical and temporal power of the spirits of the dead over the living his eyes burned with the flames of superstition And as the evening s conversation progresses, Cesaire s views take on a progressively darker cast.If all this sounds like an odd combination of philosophy, science, paranormal phenomenon and occult speculation, you are correct And to add yet another twist, in the course of the evening s conversation, as we listen to each of the three exchange feelings and opinions and passions, it becomes increasingly probable we are dealing with three unreliable narrators I will stop here so as not to spoil the novella s unexpected twists and turns right up to its shocking conclusion Chances are, reading Villiers tale will not send you to the lunatic asylum however, it might drive you a little mad, but in a good way

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    Imagine a writer of genius like Nabokov in Pale Fire who creates as his unreliable narrator another genius, a man who in addition to his narcissism and a host of disagreeable opinions is also stark, staring madAh, but then to move beyond Nabokov imagine that this madman s creator is also a madman, and you will have imagined a work akin to Villiers de L Isle Adam s The Vampire Soul. De L Isle Adam came by his madness the old fashioned way he inherited it His father threw away the family for Imagine a writer of genius like Nabokov in Pale Fire who creates as his unreliable narrator another genius, a man who in addition to his narcissism and a host of disagreeable opinions is also stark, staring madAh, but then to move beyond Nabokov imagine that this madman s creator is also a madman, and you will have imagined a work akin to Villiers de L Isle Adam s The Vampire Soul. De L Isle Adam came by his madness the old fashioned way he inherited it His father threw away the family fortune buying up old aristocratic estates, defacing their grounds with unsightly holes, and selling them at a loss His objective to find the fabled lost treasure of the Knights of Malta His son our writer was extraordinarily eccentric, if not precisely mad, haunting cafes at all hours to avoid his poor shabby room, feverishly scribbling his articles and stories on any piece of paper that came to hand, convinced that one day these fragments would bring him enormous fame He wrote pounds of dreck, but also enough dark, concentrated, memorable tales to earn himself the title of the French Edgar Allan Poe You may find many of them in Cruel Tales, a collection well worth your time The Vampire Soul is dark and memorable, but it could not be called concentrated At its heart is a frightening story of possession by a dead soul seeking revenge, but it is embroidered, postponed and frustrated by a host of philosophical reflections by the three main characters, the fanciest, most frustrating roadblock to a clear narrative being the narrator himself, Dr Tribulat Bonhomet The conservative Catholic de L Isle Adam created Bonhomet to embody everything he loathed atheism, godless science, a disdain for the symbolic, a love for absurdly literal solutions but he unbalances his tale so unrelentingly that he forces the reader to question the mental balance of the author himself.I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the first thirty pages, seeing in Bonhomet an amusing and worthy ancestor to Nabokov s Kinbote But then philosophical reflection piled upon philosophical reflection, ironies became buried beneath heaps of obsessions and quirkiness, and I became convinced I was reading someone a few french fries short of a happy meal, someonethan a few ravens short of a Poe The short novel that gives this volume its name is followed by ten vignettes and stories that carry on the adventures or at least the spirit of Dr Tribulet Bonhomet I did not find them particularly memorable, except for the The Swan Killer, which has at its heart a wild, violent host of images I find it impossible to get out of my mind Read it if you get the chance, and it will give your a taste at the extraordinary effects that at his best the eccentric French Poe was capable of

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