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Histoires désobligeantes ☀ Histoires désobligeantes PDF / Epub ✍ Author Léon Bloy – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Praised by Borges the Unkind Tales of Léon Bloy were produced in a phase of literary evolution that was exploratory and experimental and hence intrinsically exciting Lingering on the frontiers of Dec Praised by Borges the Unkind Tales of Léon Bloy were produced in a phase of literary evolution that was exploratory and experimental and hence intrinsically exciting Lingering on the frontiers of Decadence Naturalism and Symbolism these stories of the damned and the foolish of terrible fates and ludicrous situations helped map out the terrain of the conte cruel and are probably the author’s most noteworthy workIn this an authoritative translation of the volume originally published as Histories désobligeantes Brian Stableford in both his insightful introduction and his superb rendering of the tales shines a much needed light on Bloy’s savage genius.

  • Hardcover
  • 218 pages
  • Histoires désobligeantes
  • Léon Bloy
  • English
  • 03 August 2014

About the Author: Léon Bloy

Bloy was born in Notre Dame de Sanilhac in the arondissement of Périgueux Dordogne He was the second of six sons of Voltairean freethinker and stern disciplinarian Jean Baptiste Bloy and his wife Anne Marie Carreau pious Spanish Catholic daughter of a Napoleonic soldier After an agnostic and unhappy youth in which he cultivated an intense hatred for the Roman Catholic Church and its teaching.



10 thoughts on “Histoires désobligeantes

  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    “I am the Parlor of Tarantulas” he cried in a voice destined for the straightjacket making the little factory women hasten their steps on the street” Thus begins one of the short intense tales in this collection authored by French Decadent Léon Bloy 1846 1917 Bloy despised the materialist mechanized Americanization of European society and culture and yearned to connect with the spiritual dimensions of life and thus similar to fellow French Decadent Joris Karl Huysmans turned to Catholicism Subseuently although these tales are soaked in the juice of perversion cruelty or depravity a good number have decidedly religious overtones However the short stories I particularly enjoy in this collection have nothing of religion Thus for the purpose of this review and to share a taste of Bloy’s finely tuned highly polished prose I will include several direct uotes in capsulizing two of my favoritesTHE PARLOR OF TARANTULAS The narrator recalls as a young man in his twenties meeting a larger than life poet who wore his mane of shaggy white hair like a lion “His small face of smashed bricks staring out from under the snowflakes boiled and baked redder each time one looked at him a poetaster altogether incapable of resigning himself to any attention however distinguished in kind that did not grant him first place or better yet exclusive consideration” A reader has the impression Bloy is describing a flesh and blood embodiment of the late nineteenth century myth of the self styled literary genius as madman a cross between Edgar Allan Poe and Gérard de NervalOne evening the narrator accepts an invitation to visit this white haired flaming eyed lion Most unwise since he is forced to listen to every word of the muse inspired poet’s five act play We read “At first the exercise did not displease me The reader had a bizarre gastralgic voice which rose effortlessly from profound basses up to the sharpest childlike tones He spoke like this and truly played his drama performing gestures that included falling to his knees in prayer when events so reuired The curious spectacle amused me for an hour – that is for as long as the first act The unconscionable monster went so far as to take whole scenes from the top when he feared I might not have felt all their beauty; no word of admiring protest could restrain him I had to swallow it whole and it took to midnight”And after this five hour ordeal the narrator makes a move for the door But no there’s much the leonine artiste insists his young visitor listen to every word of his sonnets all one thousand five hundred of them So the visitor takes a seat once again suppressing a groan of despair And when the young narrator makes the mistake of falling asleep he is woken by a cowbell Then to make sure there isn’t a repeat violation the poet opens a drawer pulls out a revolver loads it carefully and places it on the table The narrator tells us the torture lasted until sunrise The tale ends with two unexpected twists true to the spirit of French DecadenceTHE OLD MAN IN THE HOUSEWith signature Decadent spleen and humorous cynicism Bloy begins his tale “Ah How Madame Alexandre could pride herself on her virtue Just think For three years she had tolerated him that old swindler – that old string of stewed beef disgracing her house You can just imagine that if he hadn’t been her father she’d have long since slapped a return ticket on him off to rot in the public infirmary”Bloy’s language has the acerbic bite of Friedrich Nietzsche or Maxim Gorky as a matter of fact with his beetling brow and pronounced moustache Bloy even looks a bit like Nietzsche and Gorky And that’s acerbic bite as in hearing of dad’s fatherly touch when Madame Alexandre was just a mere girl “Readied for field exercise from a tender age at thirteen she assumed the distinguished position of a virginal oblate at the house of a Genevan millionaire esteemed for his virtue; this man called her his “angel of light” and perfected her ruination Two years were all the debutante needed to finish off the Calvinist”And then when the old man is forced to live with his daughter to stay alive she runs a house of prostitution Bloy observes caustically “Unaccustomed to commerce and no longer commanding his old tricks he resembled an old fly without the vigor to make its way to a pile of excrement – a creature in which even the spiders took no interest” And then to underscore the scorn and cruelty with which Madame treated her old father Bloy pens; “He was given a scarlet leotard with decorative braids and a kind of Macedonian cap which made him look like a Hungarian or a Pole facing adversity Then he received the title of count – Count Boutonski – and he passed for a wreck decorated with glory a ruin of the latest insurrection” Madame’s ruthlessness and brutality continues right up to the breaking point No wonder Franz Kafka wrote of Léon Bloy “His fire is nurtured by the dung heap of modern times”Thanks to Goodreads friend MJ Nicholls for bringing this fine collection to my attention

  2. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    First before I say anything else I have to offer a huge thanks to Anna for my copy and for keeping me in Snuggly's book release email loop Simply put this book is beyond excellent I'm still a relative newbie in the world of French fin de siècle and decadent literature and a name that has kept popping up is Léon Bloy So I was over the moon when Anna asked me if I wanted to read this book a collection of 32 short stories which in the words of Brian Stableford in the introduction to this volume reflect Bloy's search for a particular naturalism of his own a naturalism which not in spite of but because of its cruelty and its infusion with religious conviction was markedly different in stripe from the Naturalism of Émile Zola xxiiiLet me just say that if it's realism he was striving for it shows in these tales in so many ways especially in his interest in the marginalized elements of society The Tarantulas' Parlor and Other Unkind Tales is a delightful blend of dark fiction dark humor savage storytelling and often outrageous observations; a majority of these little gems turns on the idea of exposing someone who is not or might not be the person one supposes an idea which is carried throughout the book I will also say that some of these stories are wicked funny subtle laugh out loud worthy and actually bringing forth a belly laugh in one case The Tarantula's Parlor I also appreciate the way Stableford translated these tales there are a few instances where he'll leave a phrase or a word that doesn't fully translate well from its French context into English and in footnotes he explains why Personally I find that a very smart way to handle translation issues that arise and I do wish translators would take the same sort of care in their work And as an added bonus each little tale begins with a dedication from Bloy to someone in his personal orbit and Stableford gives the reader footnotes containing a brief background on the connection between the author and the person to whom the story is dedicated It is a superb collection that serious readers do not want to miss here if anyone's at all interested

  3. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    A smattering of shocking tales from Chuck Palahnuik’s penitent precursor featuring a sublime selection of obscure terms as viewable on the longer review on this page which contains words than this and so renders further content here pointless

  4. James James says:

    This is the first book of Bloy that I've read as it seems not all that many of his books have been translated into English a fate that sadly seems to have befallen many of the writers of the 19th century French Decadence see also the criminally ignored Jean Lorrain and while reading through it I uickly saw why he and JK Huysmans had once upon a time been friends their attraction to the aesthetics of Catholicism notwithstanding both men had a well articulated hatred for the modern world and modernity in general a tendency to pepper their poisonous prose with words of an archaic character to cherry pick a few from this present text opuscule lactescent disoppilated excogitate nugatory and phenicopter that latter example being an archaic word for flamingo and a manner of describing people they found unattractive in the most unflattering light possible a woman in the story The Stroker of Compassion is described as being irritable enough to make dogs abort a wine seller in Monsieur's Past has a broad face that looked like a baboon's hinduarters and in The Awakening of Alan Chartier we get this colorful description of a Symbolist poet named Florimond Duputois I have neglected to mention that Florimond Duputois had a stub nose eyes like soup ladles the mouth of a lepidopteron scaly skin and low slung hinduarters; he was also mortally afraid of cows What with the unsentimental morbidity and ghastly gallows humor on display here many of these stories have somewhat grotesue endings it comes to no surprise to me that Flannery O'Connor was a fan of Bloy's work and in hindsight I can see the DNA of his style and concerns in her own stories After awhile these stories start to blur however and really it's hard to care all that much about the cruel fates endured by the stereotypical human piñatas who populate these stories hence why I docked it one star still worth reading just for Bloy's bleak sense of humor And seeing as how none of these stories go on for all that long the longest is 8 pages but most of them barely hit the 5 6 page mark this slim volume doesn't overstay its welcome Recommended for fanatics of the fin de siècle

  5. Karl Karl says:

    Hardcover limited edition of 60 copies of which 55 will be made available to the public

  6. Seregil of Rhiminee Seregil of Rhiminee says:

    Originally published at RisingshadowLéon Bloy's The Tarantulas' Parlor and Other Unkind Tales is a feast of dark imagination decadent imagery savage happenings and literary storytelling It's one of the best short story collection of the year and can be recommended to speculative fiction readers and literary fiction readers It is something out of the ordinary for readers who love literary storiesBrian Stableford has done a magnificent job at translating this collection into English Because he has invaluable insight into the source material and its nuances his translation is outstanding Just like in Jean Lorrain's Nightmares of an Ether Drinker The Soul Drinker and Other Decadent Fantasies and Monsieur de Phocas the translation highlights and emphasises the brilliant savagery and decadent nature of the original stories in an effective wayIt's great that Brian Stableford and Snuggly Books have made this collection available for English speaking readership because it's something different and extremely addictive to readers who are fascinated by cruel unkind savage and strange stories that explore how people live their lives what kind of choices they make and what happens to them It's a thought provoking and uniue reading experience that will haunt readers for a long time after they've read the final storyThe introduction by Brian Stableford is excellent and provides readers with general information about the author and his way of life I strongly urge readers to read the whole introduction because in order to fully enjoy the stories it's good to know at least something about the author and the age in which he lived because the stories reflect the late 19th century When you're familiar with the author's life you'll get the most out of the stories and you'll be able to examine them in a rewarding way I also want to mention that the informative footnotes are excellent and provide readers with information about many thingsThis collection contains the following short stories The Tisane The Old Man of the House Monsieur Pleur's Religion The Tarantulas' Parlor Plan for a Funeral Oration The Captives of Longjumeau A Bad Idea Two Phantoms The Terrible Punishment of a Dentist Alain Chartier's Reawakening The Obliging Stroker The Monsieur's Past Whatever You Want The Last Firing The End of Don Juan A Martyr Suspicion Calypso's Telephone Worn Out A Failed Sacriledge There's Trouble Brewing The Silver Mote A Well Nourished Man The Bean Digestive Proposals A Cry from the Depths The Reading Room No One's Perfect Let's Be Reasonable Jocasta on the Sidewalk Cain's Lucky Find The Animal LoverThese stories beautifully linger on the borders of Decadence Naturalism and Symbolism because they're experimental brilliantly sharp and fascinatingly savage Their brutal and cruel nature impressed me because it is not often that one has an opportunity to read about issues related to life marriage and relationships in such a stunning and sharp way In these stories readers are put into the middle of ludicrous situations and they get to read about people who do not always behave in a normal or morally acceptable wayThe contents of these amazing stories range from perversions and criminality to suffering and temptations and also from seeking gratification to seeking redemption In some of the stories the author writes about such matters as religion faith and sexuality in a surprisingly insightful wayThe author's writing style feels fresh and vivid His writing style can perhaps best be described as a combination of Jean Lorrain Joris Karl Huysmans and Edgar Allan Poe His savage way of writing about various themes and issues is strikingly effective and impressive I can guarantee that when you begin to read his stories you'll be totally hooked by themHere's information about the stories and my thoughts about themThe Tisane A story about Jacues who hears his mother's terrifying confession at the church and is shocked by it An excellent short story with a memorable endingThe Old Man of the House A striking story about Madame Alexandre her business and her old father This story has a fascinatingly brutal endingMonsieur Pleur's Religion A story about an old miser called Monsieur Pleur his habits and his life I like the way the author writes about Monsieur Pleur because there's something intriguingly striking about his writing styleThe Tarantulas' Parlor In this story a man spends a night with a poet and hears him read one of his dramas and sonnets This is an atmospheric story with an approriately strange endingPlan for a Funeral Oration A story about a dead man who is called Lazarus The author writes intriguingly about the dead man because his descriptions border on the line of being vividly flamboyant and partly philosophicalThe Captives of Longjumeau In this story a couple feels that their captives of Longjumeau and are unable to leave and travel elsewhere I liked this story a lot because it was fascinatingly weirdA Bad Idea An interesting story about four men who live together and never spend a minute apart This is definitely one of the best stories I've read this year because it's a uniue depiction of a bit different kind of life and friendshipTwo Phantoms A story about the friendship of Mademoiselle Cléopâtre du Tesson and Miss Penelope Mirabelles Magpie I love the atmosphere in this storyThe Terrible Punishment of a Dentist A story about a dentist who has committed a murder Ah what an ending this story has I found the ending to be fascinatingly cruel and brutalAlain Chartier's Reawakening In this story a man is shaken by a letter that has been written by a woman who seems to love her The author writes well about how the man feels about the situation he is in This story has an excellent endingThe Obliging Stroker A story about a man and his friend Thierry This is a fine example of a story that will stick to your mind because of its atmosphereThe Monsieur's Past In this story a man goes to ask for money from the uncle of a woman he knew I liked the ending of this story very muchWhatever You Want A well written story about Maxence and an aged prostitute This story is a prime exampe of a fascinating story with decadent elementsThe Last Firing A story about a man who has retired from his profession as a whitener of sepulchers I found the funeral scene excellent because it had a bit of Poe esue uality to itThe End of Don Juan A fantastic story about Maruis Hector de la Tour de Pise and his life It was fascinating to read about what was revealed about the man and how he lived his life What was written about his children was very intriguing and also a bit disturbingA Martyr A stunning story about Madame Virginie Durable who is the very type specimen of martyr and also an atrocious shrew Ah what a pleasure it was to read this story because the author's vision of Madame Durable's life is fascinatingly striking and depravedSuspicion In this story a man called Aristobule is suspicious of everything I liked the ending because the author delivers an abrupt and brutal ending to the storyCalypso's Telephone A story about Madame Presue her marriage and her financial problems I love the way the author writes about Madame Presue and what she doesWorn Out In this story a hungry and starving man meets an unknown man who makes him an unexpected offer An excellent and atmospheric storyA Failed Sacriledge In this story a vicomtesse confesses things to the priest An excellent story with a perfect endingThere's Trouble Brewing A story about a group who calls themselves the elect of the eternity This story has silent power that I found intriguingThe Silver Mote This is an exceptionally intriguing story featuring a man who seems to be afflicted by clairvoyance This is one of my favourite stories in this collectionA Well Nourished Man A story about a man who learns of the death of a well nourished man In this story the author refers to and writes about gluttony in an interesting wayThe Bean A story about Monsieur Tertullien who has lost his wife This story has a good endingDigestive Proposals An interesting story in which it is discussed how to put an end to the poor This story has uite a good endingA Cry from the Depths A fascinating story about Madame Demandon's daughter Cymodocée and her life The author's descriptions of the decor of the Madame Demandon's sinister abode are stunningly vivid The author writes excellent about Cymodocée and her sufferingThe Reading Room A story featuring a reading room that only one person can enjoy at a time An excellent storyNo One's Perfect A story about Esculape Nuptial who kills people This is one of the best and most memorable stories in this collectionLet's Be Reasonable In this story Suzanne wonders why her father Ambroise isn't eating anything Suzanne doesn't understand what is wrong with her father A well written and interrsting storyJocasta on the Sidewalk A story about a young man who has lost his mother The author writes well about the uneasy relationship between him and his father The ending is excellentCain's Lucky Find In this story participants of a dinner party recount what kind of things they've found on public highway This story has an excellent endingThe Animal Lover In this story a man tells a story to others about how he defended a stranger A perfect and atmospheric story'The Tisane' is a brilliant story about a man who hears his own mother's confession and is terrified by it I like the way the author builds up tension and finishes his story in a brilliantly cruel and unexpected way I think that readers who have read Edgar Allan Poe will find this story especially intriguing'The Tarantulas' Parlor' is fascinating account of a night spent with a poet who recites one of his dramas and sonnets This story has echoes and elements of Gothic prose I liked the way the author wrote about the happenings and created a strange atmosphere'A Bad Idea' is one of the most interesting stories I've had the pleasure of reading this year The author writes intriguingly about four men who spend time together and what happens to them when one of them falls in love with a woman The descriptions about the men and the woman are fascinating because the men have vowed themselves to an existence in which they're entirely committed to each other'A Failed Sacriledge' is a story in which the author writes excellently about faith religion atheism and secrecy of confession It's a powerful tale of a vicomtesse who is not as pious and gentle as one might expect This is one of the most memorable stories I've ever read'No One's Perfect' impressed me a lot because it tells of a killer and his life It was intriguing to read about the man and what happened to him when he met Loulou because the story developed nicely toward the ending'Worn Out' 'There's Trouble Brewing' 'The Silver Mote' 'The Bean' and 'The Animal Lover' are prime examples of well written stories that are something a bit different I enjoyed them and found them to be satisfyingly strange It is perhaps a bit unfair to single out these stories because many of the other stories are also something different but I wanted to choose these stories due to their sophisticated complexity and atmosphereAlthough these stories are relatively short they're filled with sharp and observant prose that has been coupled with evocative atmosphere The author evokes such strong images in the reader's mind with his descriptions of the characters' fates and choices that you can't help but be impressed by his skillful storytelling and his ingenious ability to write about decadence and depravityThese stories are best enjoyed one or two at a time because they are thought provoking and benefit from careful reading When you read them this way you'll notice how gorgeous they are and how much style and substance they have If you rush through them you'll miss out on a lot of minuscule detailsThe author's literary prose is excellent If you're not used to reading decadent and savage prose it may take a while for you to get used to the author's writing style but once you get used to it you'll find it intriguing In my opinion the author has his own uniue and original writing style that separates him from other authorsI like the author's way of creating a subtly strange atmosphere in his stories His stories often end in a brilliantly effective and memorable way because the characters' fates are often somewhat brutal and cruel There's something fascinatingly twisted about his dark imagination that I find captivating I especially like the way he writes about the happenings and delivers surprise endingsThe cover image 'Val van de magiër Hermogenes' 1565 which is an engraving by Pieter van der Heyden made after a drawing by Pieter Brueghel the Elder fits this short story collection perfectly These old works of art are stunningly beautiful and effective as cover images for collections and novels that feature decadent and depraved storiesLéon Bloy's The Tarantulas' Parlor and Other Unkind Tales is essential or perhaps I should say mandatory reading material to everyone who loves decadent and savage stories I strongly urge readers of literary fiction and speculative fiction to read this short story collection because it's one of the best collections of the year It's a rich and rewarding reading experienceHighly recommended

  7. Patrick.G.P Patrick.G.P says:

    “Connoisseurs of pleasant emotion are invited not to continue reading”The Unkind tales of Léon Bloy features a veritable menagerie of oddball characters strange descriptions bizarre ideas and some of the most beautiful and dastardly prose I’ve ever feasted my eyes on Bloy seems to get an almost perverse delight in describing his characters in strange and twisted ways and then send them tumbling along to be fate’s playthings“If one could claim innocence of the prostitution of words it would have been necessary to compare Monsieur Pleur to the annunciator of God’s vomit”Sometimes baffling funny and even disturbing Bloy carefully outlines the events and impulses or lack thereof of these characters as they fall prey to their own faults vices machinations and sheer bad fortune An excellent collection of the conte cruel Bloy’s tales is sure to delight anyone interested in Decadence and Symbolism

  8. Lance Grabmiller Lance Grabmiller says:

    Is there any language florid than that of a Catholic decadent? In fact the language is so labyrinthine here that he sometimes forgets to tell a story Somehow he still manages to be concise than Huysmans and I like his humor better

  9. Filippo Filippo says:

    Bloy's black humor is uick and deadly I can see now why Borges loved him so much and how his short stories resemble Bloy'suotes The printmaker was addressing to a very common guy the first came among the insignificant and shallow ones one of those men that give the impression to be plural as they are the expression of the group the community the communion He could have used the We like the Pope and looked like an encyclical Thank the sky my good star saved me on the edge of the abyss and I could free myself from its inauspicious influence definitely break the charm and finally make again a good impression among the moles and one eyed that play between themselves the blind man's buff of life

  10. Andrew Weitzel Andrew Weitzel says:

    The perfect collection of short stories for the person whose hobbies include feeling terrible and looking up stuff in the dictionary

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