Les Diaboliques



Les Diaboliques First Published In 1874, Les Diaboliques Caused An Uproar And All The Copies Of The Book Were Seized On The Orders Of The Ministry Of Justice As The Book Was A Danger To Public Morality In Les Diaboliques There Are Six Tales Of Female Temptresses She Devils In Which Horror And The Wild Normandy Countryside Combine To Send A Shiver Down The Spine Of The Reader.

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  1. says:

    Jules Barbey d Aurevilly 1808 1889 , romantic with the sensibility of a decadent , self styled dandy, teller of risqu novels and short stories, shocked readers and infuriated the authorities with the publication of Les Diaboliques But there is much to this captivating novel with its sumptuous, elegant language, well crafted metaphors and highly visual and sensual imagery than simply shock value Below are a number of themes common to the six separate tales comprising this novel Story within a storyFor example, in The Crimson Curtain, the first person narrator tells us as readers how one evening years ago while returning from a hunting trip he shared a carriage with a rotund, old dandy he calls Vicomte de Brassard The carriage made a stop in a small provincial town for repair Gazing up at an upper story window of one of the town s large buildings, a crimson curtain caught the narrator s attention he points out the captivating tint of the curtain to his riding companion Ah, such are the twists of fate, since, as it turns out, that exact room with the crimson curtain was a dramatic marker for de Brassard s life it all happened back in the day when he was but a seventeen year old sublieutenant And dandy de Brassard tells the tale.Storytelling with a hookThere s a point, usually about half way through, when something unexpected happens to propel the story into overdrive And...

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    Keep in the ranks, Ranconnet, said Mesnilgrand, as though he had been commanding his squadron, and hold your tongue Are you always going to be as hot headed and impatient as you are before the enemy Let me make my story manoeuvre as I like Thus Napoleon s old commander upbraids a former officer who presumes to suggest that he get to the point of his narrative in A Dinner of Atheists, one of the six stories included in Barbey d Aurvevilly s Les Diaboliques It is good advice for any reader of this book of tales These stories are each above 15,000 words in length close to the length of a short novella, twice the length of the average long short story and each tells a tale of female sexuality and evil that is memorable, extremely daring for its time, and still packs a considerable punch Still, I imagine many readers will occasionally be frustrated as I initially was both by the wealth of detailed observation of each social milieu and also by the extraordinary length of each of the framing narratives often as long as the tales themselves Soon, though, I learned to keep to the ranks, and accept the fact that my general Barbey d Aurevilly was in charge of maneuvers As soon as I did so, I found that the portraits in the frame stories themselves superannuated dandies, elegant roues, provincial monarchist nobles, free thinking followers of the Emperor in exile are not only just as interesting as the tales of female perfidy themselve...

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    He was no longer thinking about her beauty He was looking at her as if he wanted to attend her autopsy Il ne pensait plus sa beaut Il la regardait comme s il avait d sir assister l autopsie de son cadavre. I once heard someone explain what rococo meant by saying that it s what happens when the baroque out baroques itself Barbey d Aurevilly is what happens when the Romantic movement out Romantics itself These stories are obsessed with the Romanticism of high emotion and the sublime only here it s all much darker and decadent le sublime de l enfer, as Barbey calls it at one point.Each story centres on a woman whose passions prove fatal, for her or for someone else But although the women are so central to what happens, they are all so remote and unknowable, with utterly mysterious motives like characters from a folktale We know them only through the men that endlessly discuss them, lust after them, or hate them They are brace yourself as I reach for this adjective positively sphingine, by which I mean cool...

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    It may be that creatures of that sort love deception for deception s sake, as others love art for art s sake, or as the Poles love battles. Ladies First and foremost, d Aurevilly is concerned, enchanted, and perhaps obsessed by les dames du salon, and the clever and deceptive, the better appreciated He will concede that his Royalist, Catholic codes are double edged, double sided, even, and can be reversed for interesting effect And he knows that for 1820 the gallant gentleman s heroic domain is still the field of battle, whilst for les femmes it is, as ever, the drawing room.The tales of Les Diaboliques are themselves deceptive, though, and shouldn t be anticipated as revelling in decadence and the dark side Rather, the author seems to be mining a hidden seam of pre revolutionary morality tale, stories that are, with careful framing by d Aurevilly, mounted in circumstances that only appear to imply that potential for decadence In the end, the author is voluntarily, unapologetically still held in the sway of the ancien r gime, and ready to counter very adult complexity with very humane outcome These are romances, but play out tauntingly, as if directed by theater of cruelty practitioners there isn t one among us who hasn t witnessed some of those mysterious workings of feeling or passion which ruin a whole career, some of those heartbreaks which give out only a muffled sound, like that of a body falling into the hid...

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    Jules Barbey d Aurevilly has written a strange, but beautifully composed set of decadent short stories The unifying theme is a set of heroines who are intent on vengeance, crime, or violence In most of the six stories, there is a framing story, usually involving aging rou s recalling their youths over coffee, brandy, and cigars Typical are the old soldiers in At a Dinner of Atheists, in which the conversation turns to women All took part in this abuse of women, even the oldest, the toughest, and those most disgusted with females, as they cynically called women for a man may give up sex love but he will retain his self love in talking about women and though on the edge of the grave, men are always ready to root with their snouts in the garbage of self conceit.Even when the company is mixed, as in The Crimson Curtain, the ambiance is masculine, upper class, and deeply cynical Les Diaboliques reminds me of such works as Joris Karl Huysmans, author of ...

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    Duplicit , dissimulation, ambig it , raffinement dans le mal Voil les th mes communs aux 6 nouvelles qui forment Les Diaboliques.Les 6 nouvelles sont pour l essentiel racont es par des t moins indirects des v nements, et ne donnent pas toutes les clefs de leur r solution l exception de la derni re des 6, c est donc vous, partir de ces indices imparfaits donn s par la narration subjective, de construire votre propre interpr tation des causes profondes derri res les actions des Diaboliques.Accompagnement Resonemus hoc natali Suzanne Ehly, Elizabeth Gaver, Barbara Thornton, Benjamin Bagby La composition 1 Le rideau cramoisiAu cours d une tape lors d un trajet en diligence, un passager tremble de peur devant la myst rieuse fen tre clair e dans la nuitLa curieuse passivit du h ros me fait penser L homme sans souffle Short of Breath d Edgar Allan Poe au Voyeur multiforme de Baudelaire Les fen tres, Le mauvais vitrier, au fond Le Spleen de Paris dans son int gralit Les tableaux Parisiens dans Les Fleurs du Mal, , parfois second par le contemplateur plong dans la torpeur, comme hallucin La Chambre double 2 Le plus bel amour de Don JuanDes amantes haut plac es et vieillissantes d un ...

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    Quite a good read Perhaps a bit stiff for some, but these varied tales of male and female relations must have been shocking at the time and a few still manage to disturb.D Aurevilly writes almost exclusively of the defeated, wealthy class of French monarchists, left to languish as society and history passes them by Most are set either in D Aurevilly s sometimes hometown of Valognes or, of course, Paris Interestingly, they are all told as stories within a story, so the intruiged and shocked reactions of the listeners are included in the tale, perhaps as social commentary or, perhaps, for the reader to judge their personal reaction against.The stories are as follows no spoilers involved The Crimson Curtain a late night stopover in a small town incites a lauded military man notorious rake to tell a tale of his youth and to explain his horror of a particular window and its crimson curtain It is a story of boredom, the bland couple who gave him barracks as a youth and their young daughter with whom he begins a torrid but necessarily silent affair under the nose of her parents The story has an almost Poe like quality as it creates a rarefied mood of passion, silence and obsession The Greatest Love Of Don Juan ano...

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    I have a feeling that I wouldn t have liked the man in person the whole aristocratic monarchist holier than thou thing BUT, he sure could write I m not giving it five stars because I felt like it dragged a bit a few times could have removed a page or two Like everything else that provokes malice and envy, birth exercises over the very people who most bitterly reject its claims a physical ascendancy, which is perhaps the best proof of its rights In time of Revolution this ascendancy is fiercely combated it still makes itself felt by virtue of the very reaction it provokes In peaceable times it acts with a steady and persistent, though unacknowledged, force Well, 182 was one of these periods of tranquillity Liberalism, which was growing steadily under the shadow of the Constitutional Charter, as were its champions and watch dogs in their borrowed kennel, had not as yet crushed the life out of that sentiment of loyalty which the return of the Princes from exile had raised to fever heat in every heart Say what you will, it was a proud moment ...

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    Cette collection de six contes publi e en 1874 est le plus r ussi des ouvrages de Jules Barbery d Aurevilly Chaque nouvelle raconte l histoire d une femme diabolique qui commet une crime Il faut dire que les femmes sont belles, s duisantes et bien habill es Elles vient toutes des milieux ais es....

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    This is another of those works, notable for its now dated, obsolescent notorious ness, but one that stands on its own merits Les Dia not to be mistaken for Les Diarrheaux, Eng The Diarrhea tistes by Comte En Briches was, in its time, considered to be a work of great obscenity it s not and is now mistakenly considered some spine tingling work of gothic fright it s not Maybe they re getting it confused with LeFanu Interestingly, the collection can be considered offensive by our modern sensibilities since all the diabolical ones are women What it might be easy to forget though I can t see how is that these, all stories of weird love, involve men, too, and the occasional daughter, and it might be better to point up how shittily both sexes can be But Les Dia makes it clear that women are somehow tools of Satan, or fillable with satanic urges and lusts What goes unsaid and might be the point is that it is the pointed, acute, stifling world of men that make it so So maybe...

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