[PDF / Epub] ☉ Le Horla ❤ Guy de Maupassant – Publitags.co

A classic horror tale of an ageless, possibly immortal, invisible, vampire and known as the Horla The audiobook narration by Dermot Kerrigan added a chilling ambience to this story My Rating 3 5 What a fine story about the mystery of the invisible and the influence of our surrounding See a first person narrator slowly declining in health He is dominated by fears, nightmares and the feeling of being followed At Mont St Michel he has a good insightful conversation with a monk Later on he sees the power of mesmerism in a seance But what invisible fiend is torturing our the main character He calls him the horla and tries to lock him in and kill him by fire But sometimes that might not be enough Great uncanny story by an absolute master storyteller The Horla is some entity you really don t want to meet neither by daylight nor by night Highly recommended Peut Tre Parce Qu Il La Constatait Dans Sa Famille Et La Pressentait En Lui, Peut Tre Aussi Parce Que L Poque Est Celle Des Grands Ali Nistes, De Charcot En Particulier Dont Quelques Ann Es Avant Freud Il Suivit Assid Ment Les Le Ons La Salp Tri Re, Maupassant Est Le Premier Crivain Du XIXe Si Cle Avoir Abord De Front Le Probl Me De La Folie, Non Comme Un D Lire Romantique Mais En Termes De Clinique Et De Peur Le Horla, C Est L Autre, Notre Fr Re Nocturne, Le Double Qui S Insinue En Nous, Nous Caresse, Nous Pie, Donne Chacun De Nos Gestes Leur Versant N Gatif Et PerversNotre Double, Notre Fr Re, Mais Aussi Notre Rival L Extra Terrestre Dont La Prochain Venue Signifiera La Fin Du R Gne De L Homme Le Conte De La Folie S Ach Ve Ainsi En Cauchemar Parapsychique Et En Roman D Anticipation Pre ReviewI have read The Horla in French since I believe that semantic losses are inevitable in Translation So if you can read it in its source language SL rather than in English or any other target language TL , then please do it ReviewThe Horla is a short horror story written by the prolific French writer Guy de Maupassant It was originally published as Letter from a Madman in 1885 It was then revised and published again as The Horla in the newspaper Gil Blas in 1886 The Horlaunderwent a third revision before its final publication in May 1887 The Horla is considered as a portmanteau of the French wordshorsandlmeaning outside and there respectively The Horla is said to have influenced H.P Lovecraft s The Call of Cthulhu.Narrated in the first person as a series of entries to an intimate diary, The Horla tells the story of an upper class man, who becomes engulfed by troubled thoughts and hallucinations After having impulsively waved to a Brazilian vessel, this unnamed narrator starts experiencing a series of occult events that foster his descent into madness In the days that follow the sight of the vessel, the narrator finds himself seized by a strange sense of malaise that intensifies at night The local doctor fails to find a physical and concrete reason for his patient s malady The narrator s misfortune worsens when an invisible force tries to strangle him during his sleep on several occasions Determined to put an end to this mystifying situation, the protagonist decides to leave his home country in order to spend a few days at Mont Saint Michel Much to his surprise, all his troubles vanish in toto Unfortunately, he finds himself back to square one as soon as he returns back home Little does he know that he had unwittingly invited an invisible creature the Horla that will haunt him until the end of times.Most of Maupassant s works focused on the realism of war and its effect on the innocent civilians However, The Horla differs considerably from his other stories, as it is a refined combination of realism and horror This tale is quite reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe s short stories due to the eerie atmosphere that prevails in it A comparison between the Horla and Maupassant s life shows that this short story is actually a depiction of the author s life The subjectivity of Maupassant can be felt by the reader, while delving into this semi autobiography In his later years, Maupassant suffered from syphilis This disease had deeply affected him and rendered him paranoid Following his attempt to commit suicide by cutting his own throat, the French writer was admitted to the private asylum of Esprit Blanche where he spent the rest of his days It was probably Maupassant s psychological state that had prompted him to produce such a disturbing and macabre short story The resemblance between the protagonist and Maupassant is flagrant It is through this work that the French author questions his own sanity.The Horla explores a myriad of themes linked to existentialism and the frailty of Man Some of the themes that were integrated in this short story are the fear of the unknown, the deceptiveness of senses, Man s irrationality, absence of free will critical thinking, national rulers indoctrination, etc. This short story is very rich in terms of content and also very deep It is full to the brim with symbolism e.g the white vessel that reminds the reader of the whitewashed monastery in Herman Melville s Benito Cereno In these two works, we have an allusion to madness and can be interpreted in various ways From the protagonist inability to perceive his own reflection in the mirror to his final decision view spoiler he committed suicide in order to liberate himself from his fardel and the mental torment hide spoiler Like Russia s Anton Chekhov, when it comes to the short story de Maupassant has rarely let me down This is easily read in one sitting, and it s a bit of gothic horror affair, that is thought of as influencing the classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Things start off innocently enough before we witness one man s descent into madness Through a series of journal entries a man tells he is not feeling so good, of which leads to various vacations, but his illness always returns when he gets back home He starts to believe he is indeed going mad, with hallucinations, and eventually he muses upon whether he is a rational man having hallucinations or simply he is a madman The story really got under my skin, and even though it s short, it always had me fully engaged Having read quite a few de maupassant stories, I would say this sits somewhere in the middle ground It wasn t his best, but it wasn t him having an off day either. I first heard of Guy de Maupassant after hearing The Necklace on Old Time Radio years ago, I have not read this yet but after hearing The Horla lately on OTR, I decided on reading this and comparing After reading this story, I had listened again to both radio versions, The Weird Circle and Mystery in the Air Both interesting but Peter Lorre s version which is the latter is pretty close to Maupassant s short story.When looking up the book mentioned in this story of ancient unknowns, I found out not about the book but that about 5 years after writing this, Maupassant had attempted to kill himself which brought him to an asylum He died a year later Reading this story and thinking about his suicide attempt makes you wonder about his feeling while writing this story I found his relationship or like a guardianship with Gustave Flaubert interesting and that opened him up to other famous authors.When you start to read this journal of a man who slowly loses his senses and ability to control his actions, you come away wondering if he was really stalked by this invisible being or not To me it seemed quite evident he was insane but then thinking of other happenings of what other servants went through, I wonder and I am no longer so positive What is horrifying is the ending which I will comment on in the end, my spoiler section.I did not read this edition but from a collection from Delphi of his short stories, if interested in highlights and notes are located there Look on my Guy de Mauspassant shelf This story has an Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher feeling but quite different I will surely read Mauspassant again for sure.The 2 different versionsThe Weird Circle October 24, 1943https www.oldtimeradiodownloads.comMystery in the Air with Lorre August 21, 1947https m.youtube.com watch v 79AhYtSPOILER BELOW spoiler section I was horrified when he burnt up the house because he thought The Horla was locked inside and the servants perished with hardly a thought of them. The Horla is a very short psychological horror story about a man who becomes convinced that an invisible being seemingly ghost like, but also compared within the narrative to a vampire is quietly terrorising him, invading his bedroom at night, driving him mad This creature, the Horla , drives him to increasingly irrational and extreme action as he seeks to destroy its hold over him I saw a lot of parallels between this story and Charlotte Perkins Gilman s The Yellow Wallpaper, published five years later both stories are written in first person and in diary format both tell a story of escalating paranoia and fear and, congruently, a belief in something impossible both build to a horrifying climax and end with a shock And, of course, both authors suffered from mental health problems Gilman from postnatal depression and de Maupassant from hallucinations caused by syphilis and in both cases this influenced their writing However, the fact that I couldn t help noticing these parallels meant my opinion of The Horla was adversely affected it s simply not as powerful or frightening as The Yellow Wallpaper it is effective, but doesn t stand out significantly when compared to other horror supernatural tales of a similar period, and doesn t feel ahead of its time, unlike Gilman s story or J.S le Fanu s Carmilla I was led to de Maupassant by a recommendation from a friend, and still intend to readof his stories I m intrigued by his reputation as one of the fathers of the short story , but this one, for me, was simply good, not great. A man is haunted by something in his room The Horla is the creepy being tormenting him and there seems to be no way to stop it This is one of my favorite stories on this subject. Wow Lovely short story of haunting and understanding that our world s a bitcomplicated than we might have preferred Q He has come.All the fairy tales, the legends about goblins and ungraspable and malevolent prowlers of the air, it was he they were talking about, he is the one of whom an already anxious and trembling humanity had some premonition c Q I do not know if this man is mad, or if we are both mad or if if our successor has actually arrived c Q Where do these mysterious influences come from that change our happiness into despondency and our confidence into distress You might say that the air, the invisible air, is full of unknowable Powers, from whose mysterious closeness we suffer I wake up full of joy, with songs welling up in my throat Why I go down to the water and suddenly, after a short walk, I come back disheartened, as if some misfortune were awaiting me at home Why Is it a shiver of cold that, brushing against my skin, has affected my nerves and darkened my soul Is it the shape of the clouds, or the color of the daylight, the color of things, so changeable, that, passing in front of my eyes, has disturbed my thoughts How can we know Everything that surrounds us, everything we see without looking at it, everything we brush against without recognizing it, everything we touch without feeling it, everything we encounter without discerning it, everything has on us, on our organs, and, through them, on our ideas, on our heart itself, swift, surprising, and inexplicable effects c Published 1887 THE HORLA takes the reader on a journey into madness Something is following the man around day and night, something he must capture and destroy.at all costs. Set near Rouen, France May 8 at first the man in the big country house is not well.is in horrible agony Am I mad I must be going mad The doctor proclaims him well, but he questions the hallucinations, the mysterious incidents in his room at night. Sometimes the man takes short trips, but by August 14 even a simple carriage ride is impossible he tries to get away, but the phantom that is watching him does not allow it The creature continually haunts him. Someone possesses my soul and governs it Then I shall kill him September 10 He calls for a blacksmith A dangerous plan is set to capture the thing that possesses him.he tells not even the servants.Now the terror is over, but is it dead THE HORLA is a short psychological horror story told in first person narrative with almost daily journal type entries beginning on May 8 and ending September 10 that demonstrate the relentless fear of the tortured man in the big house.