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Malevil

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Une guerre atomique dévaste la planète, et dans la France détruite un groupe de survivants s'organise en communauté sédentaire derrière les remparts d'une forteresse. Le groupe arrivera-t-il à surmonter les dangers qui naissent chaque jour de sa situation, de l'indiscipline de ses membres, de leurs différences idéologiques, et surtout des bandes armées qui convoitent leurs...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 3rd 1983 by Gallimard (first published 1972)
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Cateline
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...more
Checkman
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
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
Veeral
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...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
Ana
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.
Patrick
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...more
Bobby
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
Val
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!).
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 ...
Kristýna
It's a brilliant book. I don't understand how Merle accomplished writing about the end of human race with such humor.
Peggy
My favorite after-the-unthinkable happens book. I first read it in the 70s and at least once a decade since.
Anita
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
Elanor Anardil
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...more
Andy
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
Zoltán
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
gauldy
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...more
John Kaufmann
Superb, one of the best (if not the best) of the post-apocalypse genre. The book is a realistic glimpse of how a small band of survivors might organize themselves after an apocalypse that, as far as they, they alone survived. Eventually another group does show up, with a different (and also highly probable) rudimentary type of social structure, and the two of course conflict. I couldn't wait to get back to the book, and it was one of those deliciously long novels that I was sad to have come to a...more
Luboš
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Francis
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...more
Alex
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.
Al Rzi
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
carl  theaker
I love these post end of the world stories in this case nuclear war,
and this one is a good read. As the blurb notes, takes place in
countryside France in an old castle, that once again comes in handy
for its original purpose.

I think a story of this nature is successful if it gets you
wondering what would you do in a situation with the now limited
resources on hand and problems, the bady guys, encountered.

Also, an interesting theme among the genre is how religion is dealt
with in the new world.

A few...more
Eric Talavet
I've found everything I was expected to find in this kind of "survival guide for postapocalyptic survivors" books. I guess I was not disappointed but nor was I surprised. Anyhow it was quite pleasant to read and now that I've closed the book, I know I'm gonna miss the Malevil's tribe
Vera
Actually, I would have given it 4.5 but I can't and the end was a bit disappointing so it's a four.
Telesilla
Sep 22, 2007 Telesilla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes post-apocalyptic fiction
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
A very interesting look at what happens when a group of friends survive a nuclear war by virtue of being in the wine cellar of the French castle one of them owns. For me, the whole story is really about the cult of personality as we watch the castle's owner, Emmanuel, become both feudal lord and parish priest. It's also a perfect example of the unreliable narrative, as the story is largely told in first-person by Emmanuel himself, with notes added by one of the other survivors after his death.
bartofnoise
Who doesn't want to be like Emanuel Comte? :) Some parts of this story were really exciting, but sometimes you can easily predict what you will find on next page and that's the shame, because whole story is very interesting. Doesn't matter too much, this book is worth-reading for anyone who want's to try disturing feeling of world near to it's end and people trying to survive. Maybe I will try another Merle's book in the future (hope I manage to start it before nuclear bomb will fall..)
Clare
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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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