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Malevil is a '72 sf novel by Robert Merle adapted into an '81 film directed by Christian de Chalonge, starring Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc, Jacques Villeret & Jean-Louis Trintignant.

It takes place in late 20th century rural France. Emanuel Comte, once school director now landed farmer, is owner of a tourist attraction-an old castle called Malevil after a nearby vi
Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 3rd 1983 by Gallimard (first published 1972)
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Malevil by Robert Merle
Written 1972 and translated from the original French in 1973.

Although written in the early 70's, there is nothing dated about this tale of survival under the worst conditions possible visited on the planet. Most are familiar with this sort of novel. Odd pockets of civilization survive the ultimate destruction. A battle that gives no warning, no vibes at all. There were no preparations to make, because Who Knew?, which is probably the most..."democratic" way to begin. With
My personal experience is that novels translated into English often have an odd feeling to them. A sense that I'm missing something. An intangible if you like. I've always believed that being able to read the novel in it's original language (French in this case) would aide in a greater understanding of the subtleties and nuances of the story. But I was a lousy foreign language student in school and barely eked out a C- in German. I never went near French. So I have to be content with reading the ...more
I had heard a lot of things about this book prior to reading it. It is considered one of the better 'post apocalyptic' novels out there (by many fans of the sub-genre).

For me, this book was ok. I couldn't suspend my disbelief towards the author's treatment of events that took place in the aftermath of a major nuclear war. Once the bomb strikes, the characters switch to a medieval lifestyle just like that. Most of the things survive the nuclear war (At least the things that the author deemed esse
This would have been a good enough book if

1) It wasn't so extremely long, and (more importantly)
2) The narrator wasn't so disgustingly male-chauvinist

I really liked the beginning, the disaster, the starting of a new mini-society, but then the repetitiveness of how women are either whores, old crones or children and how they must be shared equally really got on my nerves. This is a very MANLY book. Women are only around to wash clothes, cook, clean - and provide sexual services. The one woman wi
Dennis Royer
Post-apocalyptic novels are really studies in human nature and provoke introspection. When society crumbles and man is reduced to nothing, does his nature change? Does he continue to hold on to values of decency, or is it necessary to revert to a bestial state in order to survive? This is the essence of what fascinates readers about PA novels. Malevil makes us ponder these things. The cast of characters are everyday people, easy to relate with. The setting, an old castle in the French countrysid ...more
Brian Melendez
This book was surprisingly good. The title put me off, since I inferred that it attributed the collapse of civilization to some silly supernatural struggle, like Swan Song by Robert McCammon, which I bought and barely began reading before I dropped it in disappointment. (Not that all supernaturally inspired apocalypses are bad stories: I really liked The Stand by Stephen King.) In fact, Malevil is simply the name of the little French community where the story occurs. It is a pretty good story ab ...more
Somayeh Pourtalari
"اين با ما نيست كه بگوييم زنده خواهيم ماند يا خواهيم مرد . آدم براي اين زنده است كه به زندگي ادامه دهد . زندگي مثل كار مي ماند ، پس بهتر اينكه آن را به انجام رساند نه اينكه هر جا مشكل شد نيمه كاره ولش كرد ."

A classic I had heard about long ago I finally got to read and was not disappointed. An end-of-the-world story set in the 1970's that reads as well today as it did then, I'm sure. Emmanuel owns a castle where he is entertaining friends when the world is thrust into a nuclear war and the castle's' walls are their saving grace. The positions that the survivors assume in order to establish a degree of civility is poignant and realistic. The eventual discovery of a few other s leads to the heart of ...more
I love this book, and have read it at least three times. It really makes you think about what life would be like if you were one of the few to survive the apocalypse. It was written in the 1970s and is sexist, but the storyline is very interesting! Unfortunately this book is now out of print (and I'm not giving up my copy!).
After a two hundred page marathon to finish this, I couldn't be more happy. It was worth it!

I was so close to not reading this book! What a loss that would've been!

Now, that's a good post-apocalyptic study right here and I have to think a while before I can review it.

I hope I'll do it. I might be too lazy.
Il faut croire que Robert Merle est mon auteur préféré, tant j'ai aimé ce livre.
Il reprend la même structure que l'île avec cette fois ci à la place d'une mutinerie, un cataclysme nucléaire qui pousse un groupe de personnes à vivre en autarcie et à renouer avec la nature.
Ce retour à l'homme primitif ou plutôt à l'homme médiéval nous est narré à travers les notes d'Emmanuel Comte, le propriétaire du château de Malevil. Et chose peu ordinaire dans les romans ces notes sont augmentées et corrigée
Pardis Parto
امانوئل يكي از زمين داران بزرگ روستايي در كشور فرانسه است . روزي او به همراه تعدادي از دوستان و خدمتكاران خود در سرداب در حال شراب گيري است كه ناگهان صداي انفجار شديدي بلند شده و گرماي بسيار زيادي آنها را احاطه مي كند . بعد از عادي شدن اوضاع ، آنها از سرداب خارج مي شوند و متوجه مي شوند كه در اثر انفجار چيزي شبيه به بمب ،دنيا نابود شده و تنها مكان ها و انسان هاي محدودي باقي مانده اند . داستان با اين ماجرا شروع مي شود . بشر با تمام اطلاعات امروز در حالي كه تمامي امكانات امروز از او گرفته شده چگونه ...more
Peter Mayer
Evidently in a post apocalyptic scenario French survivors will primarily have sex, and with pretty much everyone. All in all, Malevil is a good book very much along the lines of Alas, Babylon but more philosophical and theological in scope resulting in some similarities(though not at all in narrative structure) with A Canticle For Leibowitz. While well written and resonant, it strikes me as somewhat overly optimistic, despite the constant hardship. Many of the characters also seem somewhat naive ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Um livro muito interessante que reflecte sobre as consequências de um evento apocalíptico para os sobreviventes, explorando aprofundadamente, e no contexto de uma pequena comunidade, a dinâmica social associada à sobrevivência humana sem tecnologia. Este clássico da FC é em simultâneo uma obra percursora da distopia.
Mostafa Moghassemi
بینظیر بود این رمان... به خوبی شکل گیری یک نظام اجتماعی و خطراتی که تهدیدش میکنه رو نشون میده... دیکتاتوری، سوء استفادهی مذهبی، جنگ و ... ...more
It's a brilliant book. I don't understand how Merle accomplished writing about the end of human race with such humor.
My favorite after-the-unthinkable happens book. I first read it in the 70s and at least once a decade since.
Jul 29, 2011 Anita added it
Evokes some serious thinking about the world we live in. One of my Bibles :)
Smith Nickerson
Classic. Deserves to be reprinted for another generation
J'ai lu Malevil toute mon adolescence, et ai recommencé à 35 ans. Je me suis rendue compte de l'impact phénoménal d'Emmanuel Comte sur ma façon de penser;0)
Le roman est majoritairement narré à la première personne par Emmanuel - avec quelques notes de Thomas qui tombent parfois comme un cheveu sur la soupe croyais-je alors, enfin... qui complexifient un petit peu les choses.
Lorsque 'la catastrophe' se produit, ne laissant qu'une poignée de survivants dans la forteresse moyennageuse (dont une seu
This was a good read, though rather puzzling in parts, particularly because it was never clear why the narrator was writing or who he thought he was writing for. I found it amusing that the characters carried on behaving like French peasants even after nuclear holocaust -lots of talk about wine and lunch and who should be mayor or priest and who is a Communist/Catholic/atheist/socialist - issues which you would have thought would be redundant after the bulk of the world's population has been wip ...more
Merle Malevil című regénye az emberi civilizációt megsemmisítő globális katasztrófa utáni időket vizionálja, mégis óvakodnék párhuzamot vonni közte és a ma oly' divatos antiutópiák, azaz disztópiák között, álljanak azok az irodalmiság bármely magas fokán. Merle több szempontból nézve is érdekes kísérletbe kezd: a nukleáris csapás pusztán ürügy, külső kényszerítő körülmény, szabálykönyv egy hatalmas léptékű társasjátékhoz, melynek bábui egyedi úton haladnak, néha csoportosan, alkalomadtán maguk k ...more
Další zástupce mého oblíbeného žánru, tedy antiutopie a lidstva na konečné stanici. A rozhodně ne špatný.

Merle ve své knize nehýří žádnými velkými myšlenkami (a proč taky, od toho jsou tu v tomhle žánru Čapek a Orwell), zato jeho Malevil slouží jako velice snadno uvěřitelný model "toho", co by "mohlo" být, pokud se "něco" stane.
Po celou dobu čtení si nejde nevšimnout, jakou váhu autor přikládá mezilidským vztahům. Jistě, Merle nemůže neřešit i otázku čistě fyzického přežití (jídlo, bezpečí), ale
This seems to be the month of abandoned books .. so maybe I am just not in the right mood at the moment. However, I usually love dystopian, apocalyptic future novels and this does come with a quite interesting premise and great reviews. I'm wondering if those reviews were all written back in the 70s when this book was written? I couldn't get past 20% of the book for three reasons .. the plot is convoluted and very very slow. I'm guessing back then editors weren't yet part of the publishing proce ...more
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Warren R.
I read this book in 1984 at the insistence of a friend. I doubt that a single month has passed since then without my thinking about this book. I rank it higher than "Earth Abides" which is a similar disaster type novel. I was disappointed to see that this book is out of print while the other...well...abides.
Cuando me recomendaron este libro no me dijeron de que trataba, solo ¡léelo, te encantara!, así comencé sin tener idea de que trataba, aunque al principio no tenia sabia donde encaminaba la historia, esta para mi tuvo un vuelco inesperado y radical, donde puede que el tema principal, no me atrajera, pero ya era tarde, estaba sumergida en la historia y no podía dejar de leer.
La historia es contada con un dejo de optimismo y esperanza, donde no deja paso a la melancolía que pudiese inundar a una p
Ce livre m'a vraiment plu. L'endroit et le moment où l'histoire ce déroule est vraiment surprenant. Les personnages sont attachants et leur relations intéressantes. L'histoire se développe dans une direction que j'ai vraiment aimé, on y croit.
ali rezaei
it start slow and kinda boring
but at end of first quadrant start to be exciting
despite such a moral controversy issues like polygamy even in new era
or platonic love to a 14 years old girl as the writer legitimize in last chapter of book with
julietic death of merelline
i found it enjoyable because it was cozy
book has philosophic messages but was cozy too i go with 4 for book
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Born in Tebessa located in ,what was then, the French colony of Algeria. Robert Merle and his family moved to France in 1918. Merle wrote in many styles and won the Prix Goncourt for his novel Week-end à Zuydcoote. He has also written a 13 book series of historical novels, Fortune de France. Recreating 16th and 17th century France through the eyes of a fictitious Protestant doctor turned spy, he w ...more
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