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Peut-être parce qu'il la constatait dans sa famille et la pressentait en lui, peut-être aussi parce que l'époque est celle des grands aliénistes, de Charcot en particulier dont (quelques années avant Freud) il suivit assidûment les leçons à la Salpêtrière, Maupassant est le premier écrivain du XIXe siècle à avoir abordé de front le problème de la folie, non comme un délire ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Editions Gallimard (first published 1887)
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May 15, 16
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** You may read this short story in Spanish or English
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 12 داستان تشکیل شده است که به دلیلِ طولانی نشدنِ این ریویو، من تنها خلاصه ای از پنج داستانِ آن را برایتان در زیر مینویسم
داستانِ اصلی در موردِ مردی است که احساس میکند که موجودی نیرومند و نامرئی به نامِ <هورلا> او و وجودِ او را تسخیر کرده است... تمام تلاشش را میکند تا او را کنترل کند و یا در اختیارِ خودش درآورد، اما نمیتواند... لذا در و پنجره های خانه را بسته و خانه را آتش میزند و خودش به
Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Horla, Guy de Maupassant
عنوان: هورلا - مجموعه داستانهای کوتاه؛ نویسنده: گی دو موپاسان؛ مترجم: شیریندخت دقیقیان؛ تهران؛ نشر چشمه، 1373؛ در 192 ص؛
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 f ...more
Jun 10, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, bibliotheque
When Guy de Maupassant wrote this book in 1887, the world was changing. Hypnotism had been discovered and techniques were under development, Maxwell was describing the relationship between magnetism and electricity, Hertz had discovered radio waves and Marconi was about to put them to use, X-rays had been discovered but not studied, and within 10 years Marie and Pierre Curie would start working together. It was apparent that the world was a much stranger place than was visible to the limited sen ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I listened to the audio first, and followed up by reading through the print. It would have been a different experience if I'd flipped the two, because once I hit halfway I definitely wanted to "skip to the end." I almost always feel that way about horror stories, though. So much time and energy spent on describing something atmospheric or suspenseful and I just want to get on with it. That may say more about me than about the story.

As horror stories go (this is grouped with ghost stories, but t
Jun 26, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy de Maupassant (a quien admiro, realmente), escribió más de 300 cuentos y no acostumbraba a encasillarse en un género, más allá de ser un protegido de Zolá y Flaubert y un alto exponente del realismo y del naturalismo, tenía una técnica brillante para elaborar sus cuentos. El Horla, un cuento sobre la locura, y, tal vez, su mejor cuento, tiene para mí, connotaciones autobiográficas. Era un talento para este tipo de cuentos, ya que él sufrió un proceso de este tipo en carne propia. No olvidemo ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai encore trouvé personne d'autre que Maupassant pour rendre la folie si appétissante.
Ghita Benabbou
"Quand nous sommes seuls, nous peuplons le vide de fantômes."
Feb 15, 2012 Olive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maupassant écrit des nouvelles réalistes d'abord, c'est d'ailleurs la plus importante partie de son oeuvre. Or, dès 1875 il s'adonne à écrire des nouvelles fantastiques, usant ainsi d'un genre qui était plus populaire à l'époque romantique. Dans le Horla, Maupassant réitère une certaine idée, et ce, sous différentes formes, dans différentes nouvelles. Il met en scène un personnage qui croit être fou, ou craint d'être fou et qui relate de manière empirique, voir scientifique, des scènes qui lui s ...more
May 03, 2016 Myriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guy Maupassant a su faire de la folie une splendeur...

Ma revue :
Jun 14, 2012 Marius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old-school horror story. It reminds me of 'The Double' by Dostoevsky.
Great collection of one of my favorite stories (this edition has two previous versions Maupassant composed from different points of view, before settling on the final text) - it's interesting how the new understandings opened up by the sciences at the time (19th century - the actual scale of natural processes and our small scope in them and ability to understand them) can be interpreted by some in the culture as positive, while others like de Maupassant ("The Horla"), Ambrose Bierce ("The Damned ...more
Los relatos decimonónicos de terror tienen algo que siempre me ha atraído. Son imperecederos y poseen una magia que no se encuentra en la literatura contemporánea. Las historias de Maupassant son terroríficas, pero también nos hablan de las miserias humanas, de aquellas debilidades que hacen miserable al ser humano: la venganza, los celos, la locura. Tampoco falta el terror sobrenatural: los fantasmas, las visiones oníricas, los seres fantásticos.

El talento narrador de Maupassant es indiscutible
Nov 18, 2014 Ptitelfe rated it it was amazing
Un classique de plus à ma collection! Ouais, OK ce n'est que le second de l'année, je suis loin de mes motivations que j'avais en janvier, à savoir lire un classique par mois! Le fait est que j'ai décidé de lire le horla pour un book club sur Lyon qui aura lieu d'ici la fin du mois, et dont le thème était la folie. Dans mes souvenirs, j'avais apprécié la plume de Maupassant, même si je ne sais plus quel roman ou recueil j'avais lu de lui au collège (ça remonte)

J'ai été de nouveau complètement sé
Simo Ibourki
Nov 21, 2016 Simo Ibourki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
C'est fort bête d'être joyeux, à date fixe, par décret du gouvernement. Le peuple est un troupeau imbécile, tantôt stupidement patient et tantôt férocement révolté.

Je dis au moine : "Y croyez-vous ?" Il murmura : "Je ne sais pas."
Je repris : "S'il existait sur la terre d'autres êtres que nous, comment ne les connaîtrions-nous point depuis longtemps ; comment ne les auriez-vous pas vus, vous ? comment ne les aurais-je pas vus, moi ?"
Il répondit : "Est-ce que nous voyons la cent millième partie de
Aditya Mallya
Sep 01, 2015 Aditya Mallya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the biggest surprise in the collection of nine Maupassant stories that I read. All that I'd read by the great writer so far were simple, intimate stories drawing out wry drama from small-town life - to see his name on a full-blooded horror* story seemed completely odd, but it turned out to be a literary surprise of the best kind. This increasingly unsettling story about a man who begins to feel a sinister presence in his house was reminiscent of Dracula, and I am not sure if Poe could h ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Iris rated it really liked it
A masterpiece of the spooky. A pioneer of the psychological freakout. The story takes the form of a diary, and after each creepy experience, the narrator ponders the nature of known unknowns and unknown unknowns (as Donald Rumsfeld put it in 2003). This is a short read, and a short experience for the narrator, as his descent from peace to madness unfolds over only four or five months. I listened to this as a French-language audiobook read by Michael Lonsdale, who is superb and subtle.
Ana Rînceanu
Oh, syphilis, what a treasure you are! okay, now seriously can you imagine what it must be like for a person to suffer from hallucinations from an unknown cause?! In the period in which Guy de Maupassant wrote, people were starting to examine the human mind and body in order to interpret how we interact with the world around us and how to explain our existence, purpose through science. Before there was a conviction that God or fate gave us our bodies, our state of mind, everything, but now we be ...more
May 26, 2016 Radwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
The fact that this story of one man’s descent into madness was published shortly before the author was institutionalized for insanity, makes me perceive it as Guy de Maupassant’s mental illness and descent into madness himself.

In the form of diary entries, over the course of 4 or 5 months, we see one man's taking notes of the strange occurrences he feels in his house and around him. He's convinced of the existence of some otherworldly creature in his home, and we see how he tries to deal with th
Feb 15, 2016 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Ich bin nicht sicher, ob das hier die richtige Ausgabe ist... ich hatte eine Sammlung von 14 Kurzgeschichten.)
Ich war sehr positiv von der Kurzgeschichtensammlung überrascht. Die Titelgeschichte hat mich noch nicht umgehauen, aber es gab einige köstliche Geschichten, mal recht traurig, mal unglaublich komisch.
Hat mich sehr gut unterhalten!
Feb 13, 2012 Sandrine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il y a deux ans, j'avais déjà eu l'occasion de lire Le Horla. Je l'ai fait, mais ce soir, je l'ai relu. Je l'ai dévoré. De Maupassant m'a hypnotisée. Cette deuxième lecture a été bien différente de la première. J'ai décidemment très envie de lire plus de de Maupassant.
Holly Tucker
Dec 07, 2010 Holly Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one creeps me out every time I read it or teach it. I love comparing the different variants of the tale.
Heather Clitheroe
Sep 13, 2012 Heather Clitheroe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
'The nights are feeding on my days.' What a great line.
Jun 08, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of two versions of the short story "Le Horla" and "Lettre d'un Fou." In the first version of "Le Horla," a doctor calls his professional friends to his place of work and tells them about his most interesting patient yet. He then calls the patient out, and the patient tells his own story of descending into madness, of why he is in a "maison de sante." The second version of "Le Horla" is in the form of a journal. The patient from the first story becomes the narrator of this ve ...more
Nicola Mansfield
The Horla - 1887 (final version) - Fantastic piece of Gothic horror! I've read Maupassant before but this is my first time reading this story. A series of journal entries as a man tells how he is not feeling well. He takes various vacations, feels better but his illness always returns when he gets back home. He starts to believe he is going mad as his physical ailments lead to hallucinations and eventually he muses upon whether he is a rational man having hallucinations or simply a madman. Howev ...more
Sep 02, 2016 Mommalibrarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stumbled across this novella while following a series of Google links. Although billed as a horror story it struck me more as a description of mental illness. The author seems well informed and many observations struck me as prescient of the latest neurological discoveries.

Everything that surrounds us, everything that we see without looking at it, everything that we touch without knowing it, everything that we handle without feeling it, everything that we meet without clearly distinguishing it,
Haïfa  Braïki
Oh.. C'est fait... Il fallait bien que ça arrive un jour ou l'autre.. et c'est tombé aujourd'hui. Je le gardais sous le coude pour les jours de grand froid, mais j'ai craqué avant, en plein été, le 20 juillet, où la Tunisie brûlait de chaleur... "Le horla", je l'avais gardé exprès celui-là, jalousement, au chaud, au fin fond de ma bibliothèque. J'avais tout dévoré tous les livres qui l'entouraient, goulûment, à pleines bouchées, en m'en mettant plein la figure, sans en garder suffisamment dans l ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Rahil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychologie
_Le Horla était ma nouvelle préférée, j'ai toujours tendance à interpréter et transformer ce dont l'auteur parle en une image personnelle aperçue et vécue par moi-même; ce n'est pas pour dire que je sens le horla, qu'il me contrôle ou quoi que ce soit, Mais , les fantômes des gens passés, abandonnés ou abandonnant , nous hantent d'une façon plus ou moins pareille à celle de ce Horla .. En s'éloignant de chez nous, changeant d'humeur et d'entourage on laisse leur chagrin aller , leur impact sur n ...more
aljouharah altheeyb
لم اقرأ لديبوسان من قبل كما اظن، والسبب لقرائتي هارلا هي انها ذكرت في كتاب هارنولد بلوم وقررت ان اتعرف عليها لان الرعب النفسي والجنون مثيرين في القصص القصيرة.

للأسف لم اشعر بالانشطاه والضياع كما في ورق الحائط الاصفر او القلب الواشي وغيرهما، لكن بإمكانك بشكل كبير تلمس اسلوب حياة وطريقة تفكير الشخصية الرئيسية: كيف انه ليس رجلا عاديا، او امرأة ضجرة، او طفل عبر بيت جار ذي ماض مشبوه. بل العكس من ذلك، انه رجل علم غني وذي شبكة معارف كبيرة ومتمكنة في مجالات العلوم والطب كما يبدو.
انه رجل عملي، جاد، نزيه
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Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant's short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless dénouement. He also wrote six short novels. A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed i ...more
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