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A Devil in Paradise

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The devil in Henry Miller's Big Sur paradise is Conrad Moricand: A friend of his Paris days, who, having been financed and brought over from Europe as an act of mercy by Mr. Miller, turns out as exacting, sponging, evil, cunning and ungrateful a guest as can be found in contemporary literature.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published April 17th 1993 by New Directions (first published July 1st 1956)
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Robert Ross
Oct 26, 2011 Robert Ross rated it it was amazing
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Sometimes I think my obsession with Henry Miller is a passing phase, a youthful indulgence that I will, or have grown out of, only to find out that he is still perhaps my favorite author of the 20th Century.

"A Devil in Paradise", which is a booklet piece excerpted from "Big Sur and The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch", is a quick little hundred page read about one of Miller's associates from Montparnasse back in the mid-thirties. His style is magnificent, seeming so simple and fluent that my eyes ju
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Nahed.E
Nov 14, 2015 Nahed.E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
اللقاء الثالث مع هنري ميللر ..
بعد كتابيه :
اعترافات هنري ميللر في الثمانين ..
والكتاب الرائع ابتسامة عند قدم السلم ..

إلا أن هذا اللقاء معه لم يكن ناجحاً كما توقعت ! ..



هنري ميللر في هذا الكتاب يعرض سيرة ذاتية جزئية عن وجه لازمه لفترة معينة من حياته .. وهو المُنجم غريب الأطوار تيركان الذي تعرف إليه عن طريق صديقته الشاعرة الشهيرة أناييس نن



في البداية اُعجب به وبمهارته في الحوار وإسلوب التفكير وطريقة الحياة العجيبة التي يحياها ..
ولكن تشاء الظروف بعد ذلك أن يحيا معه هذا المٌنجم الغريب في منزله مدة أطول
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Maryam Hosseini
Apr 22, 2015 Maryam Hosseini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
، اگـر کسـی می خواهـد بر دنیا تاثـیر بگـذارد یا دنیا را تغـیـیر دهـد "
چه شـیوه ای از این بهـتر اسـت که آیینه ای در مقـابلمان بگـیرد تا ما بتوانیم خـودمان را آنطـور که واقعـا هسـتیم تماشـا کنیـم و احـیـاناً به ریـش خـودمان و مشکلاتمان بخندیم
خـیلی کاری تر از شـمشـیر سـامورایی ها یا دشـنه کوتاه سـپوکو هـمانا طـنز سـوئیـفتی ایسـت که تیـزی اش در هـمه چیـز فـرو می رود
اگـر کسـی پیدا می شـد که می توانسـت هــیتـلر را بخـنداند ، جان هـزاران انسـان را نجات داده بود
. من واقعـا به این حـرف معـتـقدم
نصـیحـتـگر
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A devil in Paradise, Henry Miller
عنوان: شیطان در بهشت و چند اثر دیگر؛ نویسنده: هنری میلر؛ مترجم: بهاءالدین خرمشاهی؛ مترجم: نازی عظیما؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر تندر، 1367، در 174 ص، چاپ پیشین: 1352، انتشارات پیام
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Khadija Maqableh
Feb 11, 2015 Khadija Maqableh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تيريكان مثل دودة تمتص الآخرين وتقززهم بضعفها وقوتها، وميللر يحاول جاهدًا إقناع نفسه بجدوى التعاطي مع هذه الدودة بنبل، كأنه يكافئ المجهولين الذين ساعدوه أو لم يساعدوه في محنه عن طريق إكرام هذه العالة، آه منهم، لا بد أن علينا اجتياز علاقات كهذه، مع أشخاص مدللين مقرفين مجانين، لا يرغبون في مساعدة أنفسهم ويعتبرون أن من واجبنا إبقاء أعيننا عليهم، باحثين عن الاهتمام بنهم والأهم من هذا كله، عاطلين، عاطلين عن كل شيء حيوي وفعال، والغريب فيهم غدرهم الغبي الطفولي، كصراخ الطفل المستمر إذا لم نعطه قسمتنا من ...more
Thomas
Sep 28, 2008 Thomas rated it it was amazing
One of Miller's best jobs of characterization. Conrad Moricand is a great character of literature, and this book is very funny, if you have the right sense of humor. If you don't, go back to reading Dan Brown.
Barnaby Hazen
May 26, 2016 Barnaby Hazen rated it it was amazing
Miller is put in a position, and jumps at the chance to help someone in a situation similar to his own in early writing. He has to reflect on his past some as the guest causes him to regret the moment they met. It's been a while, and I don't have the book in front of me, but thinking back he thought it never would have occurred to him to ask for something more when he was begging on the street, and given a bread crumb of some sort. Something like if he were given a nickel, he might be inclined t ...more
Ioleander
هذه الرواية ذكرتني لمَ أحب هنري ميلر ولما يعجبني اسلوبه الصارخ ، الصادم ، الواضح ، الواقعي ..
قرأت مداراته .. و انقطعت عنه فترة ليست بقصيرة وهذه العودة مع هذه الرواية كانت في وقتها !
كونراد تيريكان هو الشخصية الأساسية لها والتي يستضيفها هنري في منزله وما يترتب على هذه الاستضافة من اسئلة
و استفسارات يقف أمامها هنري حائراً .. كرهت تيريكان .. ولا أملك أي ذرة تعاطف معه .. لكنه يبقى من اولئك المُهمّشين
الذين لا يستطيعون إلا أن يكونوا عالة على شخص ما .. وقد كان لهنري نصيبه ..
استمتعت بها .. رغم كل شيء :
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Nấm Hương
May 02, 2016 Nấm Hương rated it liked it
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Sahar
May 14, 2015 Sahar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"آخرالامر فقط يك زبان باقي مي ماند، زبان حقيقت، مهم نيست كه چگونه به آن دست پيدا كنيم". اگرچه در بعضي مواقع خسته كننده به نظر ميرسيد اما در مجموع داستان جالبي بود، داستاني كه شايد هر روز در برخورد با آدمها به نوعي تجربه كنيم، اما پيام اصلي داستان به نظر من در تغيير ديدگاه موريكان و انتقاد از او نبود، بلكه بيشتر از آن در اين بود كه ديدگاه خود نويسنده و كساني كه با او همذات پنداري كردند هم نيازمند تغيير است.
Sofia Jacinto
Jul 12, 2012 Sofia Jacinto rated it really liked it
I'll never be able to overcome my obsession with Miller.

I just love him too much !

This one is more about Moricand than Miller, however he manages to give us an inner portrait of his magnificent self!
Elnaz Akbarzade
اسم عجیبی داره اما محتوای کتاب اونقدرم جالب نیست
علی
A selected articles by Miller, such as The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, My Life, The Devil at Large and Reflections on the Death of Mishima...
با وجودی که جز اثر مشهور هنری میللر، مدار راس السرطان، بقیه ی آثار او به فارسی برگردانده نشده، علت انتخاب این چند مطلب او کنار هم در این مجموعه را نمی فهمم. آن هم از سوی دو مترجم که آثار انتخاب شده شان برای ترجمه به فارسی، همیشه در طیف های متفاوت و دور از همی قرار داشته است. به عبارتی دیگر، انتخاب میللر از سوی "نازی عظیما" تعجبی بر نمی انگیزد حال آن که
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Maryam
Nov 19, 2014 Maryam rated it it was ok
انسان يكپارچگي خويش را از دست داد
زماني كه او به جاي ان كه بخواهد وجود داشته باشد، خواست كه بداند
Katherine M
Oct 27, 2008 Katherine M rated it liked it
Henry Miller may have forgotten the climax and conclusion of this book in any traditional sense but his small portrait of life with one the worst friend turned house guests in history is exactly what I love about Miller's writing. He creates a story from a small snapshot of life using the writing as a framework for the period without allowing the prose to take over the moment.
Bookaholic
După ce am citit “Tropicul Cancerului” și “Tropicul Capricornului” am știut că orice altă carte de Henry Miller mi-ar pica în mână aș devora-o. Și așa a fost. Felul incredibil al lui Miller de a povesti – simplu, inteligent, cu umor – m-a dat gata cu fiecare următoare carte: volumele trilogiei “Rastignirea trandafirie”, “Lumea sexului” (despre care am scris acum vreo doi ani în “Money Express”), iar de curând, “Un diavol în paradis”, una dintre cele mai noi cărți din seria de autor “Henry Miller ...more
J
Nov 15, 2008 J rated it really liked it
Great book. I've never loathed a novel character quite so much as I loathed Moricand. I would've given 5 stars but there was so much French in the book I often wondered what in the hell was being said.
Mona
Mar 25, 2015 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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هذه الرواية هي رحلة… رحلة البحث عن الكينونة… لشخصٍ ” يشتم العالم في لحظة معانقته له… وهارباً من المجتمع دون التوصل مطلقاً إلى الوقوف وجهاً لوجه أمام الله”*
Mike Duron
Feb 20, 2013 Mike Duron rated it it was amazing
Powerful

I first read Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch about fifteen years ago. This was way, way before I ever knew I would ever have a daughter. This book is actually included in that work. And while the rest of Big Sur was a very fun read, this story was different. I think this was a counterpoint to the rest -- the darkest shade in the chiaroscuro masterwork Miller created with Big Sur. This darkness was different indeed. It was chilling then, and left Conrad Moricand a ghostprint b
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Lewis Manalo
Nov 12, 2009 Lewis Manalo rated it really liked it
An older and settled Henry Miller, now living in Big Sur, takes in his old pal from France, Moricand. An astrologer by trade, Moricand turns out to be a real waster, and if your grandma acted like such a hypochondriac, you'd slap her.

The story wouldn't be so tragic were it not for the gleaming Eden that Miller makes Big Sur out to be. Everyone on Miller's mountain seems to be pulling for Moricand, and you love them all for their near endless compassion. As a reader, you end up caring for miserab
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Dr.Abdulkarem
Jan 29, 2015 Dr.Abdulkarem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية أخرى للكاتب/ هنري ميللر... صاحب اللسان الصادق، والصريح... وهو كما هي عادته؛ يصف المشاعر، والأحاسيس؛ بصدق، وعفوية؛ دون التحرج من أحد.. في هذه الرواية؛ يصف قصته؛ مع أحد معارفه؛ المصاب بداء الجرب، وما جر عليه عطفه، ورحمته؛ من مشاكل، وهموم، وضوائق مالية.. لكنها في الأخير؛ تُعبر عن مشاعر الشخص الكريم (المُعطي)، في مواجهة الشخص الفقير (المحتاج)، ومشاعر الفقير؛ في مواجهة الأغنياء.. رواية رائعة، ولا تخلو من التراجيديا... مع ملاحظة على الأسلوب المستخدم؛ في الترجمة إلى العربية.
Sean Barker
Oct 18, 2015 Sean Barker rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this brief novel. Aside from a couple of his short stories, it is my introduction to reading Henry Miller. It was a visit to Miller's beloved Big Sur that spiked my interest. It serves as a great insight into Miller's personal philosophy and spirituality. Miller's writing is dense and of its time, but highly entertaining and fiercely intelligent. A Devil in Paradise is a detailed and withering character study. I recommend it.
Abu Hasan
يبدو أن الرواية هي سرد لأحداث حقيقية حصلت مع الكاتب
الرواية تتحدث عن شخص سويسري منجم تعرف عليه ميللر عن طريق الكاتبة أناييس نين
هذا الشخص لديه شخصية فريدة، فهو مثقف ومتحدث لبق لكنه ثقيل ونزق ومزاجي
خلال الحرب العالمية الأولى، صار هذا المنجم عرضة للتشرد، فأخذت ميللر الشفقة عليه، وهو الذي عانى من التشرد حين كان في أوروبا، فاستضافه في بيته، وبذل جهده ليعوض عليه ما عاناه من تشرد، فكان كمن "جلب الدب إلى كرمه"... لتبدأ معاناة ميللر مع هذا العجوز الذي انقلب إلى ولد مدلل أناني قليل الذوق وعديم الأخلاق، لا
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João Moura
Apesar do título sugestivo este livro tem pouco que expanda a imaginação. O "diabo" é um conhecido francês que Henry Miller se vê na obrigação de acolher nos Estados Unidos, no "paraíso", um homem desgraçado que abusa e parasita da sua bondade (auto proclamada como que num exercício de auto beatificação).

As leituras de Miller, mesmo que autobiográficas, conseguem oferecer momentos de deleite, modos de ver o mundo e frases que marcam e ficam na memória (aconselha-se vivamente "Pesadelo em Ar Cond
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Shahed
Apr 07, 2016 Shahed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب مجموعه چهار داستان + زندگینامه هنری میلر است. دو داستان توسط بهاء الدین خرمشاهی و دو داستان دیگر توسط نازی عظیما ترجمه شده است
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بهترین دانشی که می توانیم بیآموزیم، هنر زیستن است که معلم و مدرس ندارد. هر کس باید راهی برای خود بیآبد یا به قول معروف راه خود را بیآبد و با آن یگانه شود. - ص 136
Bashayer *
Feb 12, 2015 Bashayer * rated it liked it
كعادة ميللر
لا يسرد الحكاية عليك بهدوء بل
يقف أمامك، يحكي، يجيء ويروح، يصرخ، ويحرك يديه ليشرح لك كم كان هذا الوضع مزريا وذاك سخيفًا والآخر مذهلا
رواية ممتعة، أحب صيغته الكتابية وتشبيهاته وتصوراته
أفكاره كذلك تحمل فلسفة مثيرة
والرواية ممتعة، ذات فكرة غريبة، وعلى بساطة الفكرة فقد كانت مرضية جدًا
لم أزد على الثلاث نجمات لأنه التقييم الأول الذي شعرت به حين أنهيتها.
Brian
Mar 22, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
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I read this years ago and just recalled it as I was driving to Big Sur for lunch with a colleague. The "devil" in question reminded me of a friend, without the malice.
علی
Jul 31, 2013 علی rated it it was ok
A selected articles by Mailer, such as The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, My Life, The Devil at Large and Reflections on the Death of Mishima...
با وجودی که جز مدار راس السرطان، اثر مشهور هنری میلر، بقیه ی آثار او به فارسی برگردانده نشده، علت انتخاب این مجموعه. آن هم از سوی دو مترجم که آثار انتخاب شده شان برای ترجمه به فارسی، همیشه در طیف های متفاوت و دور از هم قرار داشته، شگفت است. بیشتر به دلیل ترجمه ی دو مقاله ی "شیطان در بهشت" و "تاملی بر مرگ می شیما" توسط بهاء الدین خرمشاهی! با این همه هرچ
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Ahmed Hamzawy
Jun 29, 2016 Ahmed Hamzawy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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كلما تعرف الانسان على الاله فى نفسه , فانه يغدو اكثر حرية وكلما اصبح اكثر حرية
فانه يفقد القليل من القرارات , وسيغري بقليل من الخيارات
Krissy
Aug 04, 2014 Krissy rated it it was ok
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This book was fine; it felt a bit like sitting around in Miller's cottage for a few months, watching people and conversations come and go. Notably, it's completely devoid of sex and nearly devoid of swearing, so it is definitively different from his earlier work (which I must say I enjoyed much more).

It was entertaining enough and short enough to make it a good option to thrown in my bag and read in slow moments waiting for the bus... but I did not regret that it ended. If you find it at a used
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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident.

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“The only difference between the Adamic man and the man of today is that the one was born to Paradise and the other has to create it. ” 13 likes
“I was born the 26th of December. . . Arrive by dint of perseverance, but step by step. . . Tenancy to exaggerate the importance of earthly life. Avaricious of self. Constant in their affections and their hatreds. . . Yes, the Capricorn is a beast of solitude. Slow, steady, and persevering. Lives on several levels at once. Thinks in circles. Fascinated by death. Ever climbing, climbing. In search of the edelweiss, presumably. Or could it be immortelle? Knows no mother. Only "the mothers". Laughs little and usually on the wrong side of the face. . . Speaks truthfully instead of kindly. Metaphysics, abstractions, electromagnetic displays. Dives to the depths. Sees stars, comets, and asteroids where others see only moles, warts, and pimples. Feeds on himself when tired of playing the man-eating shark. A paranoiac. An ambulatory paranoiac. But constant in his affections - and his hatreds. Ouais!” 8 likes
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