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4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,166 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
À la suite d'une explosion, sans doute nucléaire, qui a selon toute vraisemblance ravagé la Terre entière, Emmanuel Comte et ses six compagnons font du château de Malevil, dont la profonde cave leur a permis de survivre, la base de départ de leurs efforts de reconstruction de la civilisation, qui passera également par l'affrontement avec d'autres groupes de survivants, que ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Folio, 635 pages
Published March 3rd 1983 by Gallimard (first published 1972)
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May 26, 2013 Cateline rated it it was amazing
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
Negaidīti aizraujošs un simpātiski cilvēcīgs romāns par dzīvi pēc apokalipses. Es vēl kādu laiku sērošu pēc Malvilas pils.
Sajūsmas pilnā garā atsauksme
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
Vit Babenco
Mar 30, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Darkness begins on that day when History came to an end simultaneously with its object. The civilization whose progress it was there to record had ceased to exist.”
If the global cataclysm were to strike humankind and only few human beings could survive would they be capable to build the civilization anew?
What is the base of civilization? And what are the body, heart and soul of society?
“‘Let’s say, if you like, that in my opinion any civilization needs a soul.’
‘And that soul is religion?’ He pu
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
Apr 05, 2016 Hamideh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great, the best novel i've ever read
Jun 24, 2010 Val rated it really liked it
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.
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 ."

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
Jan 01, 2013 Dennis Royer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Jun 30, 2013 Brian Melendez rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2013 Bobby rated it it was amazing
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
Mostafa Moghassemi
Jun 22, 2014 Mostafa Moghassemi rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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
Bronislava Sencakova
Zhyň, ničemo katolická! - citát, na ktorý veru dlho nezabudnem :)

Atmosféra južného Francúzska (ktoré sa mi v mysli spája s Angelikou, ako som "s hrôzou" zistila), stredoveký hrad, katastrofa v apríli 1977, návrat do podmienok stredoveku a boj o prežitie. Komunizmus, náboženstvo, sedliaci, víno a ženy. Denníková ich-forma sa mi zdala občas na škodu. Atmosféra ma dostala a neprekážal mi ani miestami rozvláčny štýl.
Peter Mayer
Aug 21, 2014 Peter Mayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carly Kirk
3/4's of the way through I started worrying that the ending wouldn't stand up to how good the book had been for me so far... But the ending held up pretty well for me, all in all. I liked that there was another narrative voice occasionally that explained things from a different viewpoint and put some of the things that bothered me about the first narrator into a better perspective (at least for me)

On the other hand some of the attitudes about women bothered the heck out of me... I'm not sure if
Aug 08, 2012 Kristýna rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
It's a brilliant book. I don't understand how Merle accomplished writing about the end of human race with such humor.
Feb 16, 2012 Peggy rated it it was amazing
My favorite after-the-unthinkable happens book. I first read it in the 70s and at least once a decade since.
Ondřej Puczok
Dec 07, 2015 Ondřej Puczok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skvělé. Kniha se čte od začátku do konce více než dobře, některé popisy jsou tak živé, že si je člověk představuje přímo před sebou a celková uvěřitelnost je více než dobrá. Navíc je hezká i sebekritičnost autora v rámci různých pohledů na některé události - v omezeném rozsahu, avšak dostatečná. Kdybych mohl dát 4,5* hned to udělám, na 5* hvězdiček mi chybí vysvětlení některých věcí a až přílišná hrdinnost hlavní postavy (do onoho "uhnaného" konce skoro nezranitelný a vševědoucí...), která je - ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Anita added it
Evokes some serious thinking about the world we live in. One of my Bibles :)
Smith Nickerson
Jul 01, 2011 Smith Nickerson rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Classic. Deserves to be reprinted for another generation
Mar 17, 2016 Лиляна rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, dystopian
Страхотна книга.
Удоволствие да се чете.
Karolína Vysloužilová
Smrt je mým řemeslem, kterou napsal také Robert Merle, jsem přečetla prakticky jedním dechem a dodnes patří k mým nejoblíbenějším. Když jsem v knihovně sahala po Malevilu, byla jsem natěšená. Jenže začátek mě příliš neohromil, byly chvíle, kdy jsem chtěla knihu dokonce odložit. Nakonec jsem se do Malevilu začetla. Knihu jsem dočetla včera a stále si nějak nejsem jistá, co si o ní mám myslet... Měla světlé, ale samozřejmě i slabší chvilky... Nevím, opravdu nevím, co si o knize myslet, a to se mi ...more
Mar 29, 2016 Nihil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pár postapokalyptických knih mám za sebou. Ale tahle je jiná. Nejde o měšťáky, co po americku zničí největší zlo a pak žijí šťastně až do smrti. Příběh se drží mnohem více při zemi, nikdo není superhrdina a většina problémů jsou spíš běžné praktické problémy. Přesto je kniha velice napínavá a úplně z ní čiší vesnická idyla, která nakonec až tak idylická není.
Jasně, spoustě lidí bude kniha připadat šovinistická a podporující stereotypy. Osobně si to nemyslím, ale chápu, že ji tak leckdo může vidě
Oct 30, 2014 jana rated it it was amazing
Great Book !
Jun 09, 2016 Konstantin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech, text-review
Jaká že je vlastně „Malevil“ kniha? Zkusím to shrnout v několika bodech:

- zvláštně poklidná - starý svět zanikl v plamenech, civilizace se zhroutila, nadešel čas vlků... Ale postavy na to přesto dokážou reagovat poměrně nevzrušeně (nebo je to možná jediný způsob, jak na to reagovat?), snaží se chránit, co nebylo zničeno, budovat, co se dá, prostě žít. A vlastně i samotný děj postrádá větší výkyvy: problémy přicházejí, problémy se řeší; padouchové se objevují, padouchové... Hm.

- lokálně ukotvená
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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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“Man is the only animal species capable of conceiving the notion of his own disappearance, and the only one capable of the despair that notion brings. What a strange race: so savagely determined to destroy itself, so savagely intent on preserving itself.” 4 likes
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