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Le Vampire de Ropraz

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  278 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
107 pages
Published 2007 by Editions Grasset
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Warwick
Feb 16, 2016 Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Warwick by: Manny
Shelves: fiction, switzerland, vaud
It is 1903; a tiny village in the Jura mountains. Dark nights, long winters, pine forests, wolves, and for the human population a lot of solitary brooding. One morning, a horrific crime: the body of a recently-deceased girl found violated in the cemetery. Cheeks bitten off, entrails removed, breasts cut away; the vulva has been severed and eaten, with bits of cartilage and pubic hair found spat-out in a nearby bush. The perpetrator is quickly dubbed ‘the vampire of Ropraz’, and the horror spread ...more
Agnieszka
Mar 06, 2016 Agnieszka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2016

That was really strange reading . The vampire of Ropraz is an atmospheric somewhat gothic tale illustrating old saying that when reason sleeps demons arise . Young girl died and was buried but the next day her violated and mutilated body was found on the local cemetery , and then next body and one more corpse . Local community was gripped by an uncontrollable fear . Someone indicated on own neighbor as a perpetrator of theses repulsive practices , someone heard something while another saw so
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Manny
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Heather Shaw
Dec 04, 2008 Heather Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book clubs
Where I live, winter is not just the name of a season, it’s a state of being. Today I look out the windows – sure, there’s a line of geese heading to where the Boardman River pours out into West Bay making a little unfrozen spot, but there’s also snow like grit, like clouds of icy gnats, and the view beyond a block fades away into clammy gray. From below, all day long, comes the sound of chopping and metal on concrete. The few people on the streets walk with their shoulders hunched into collars ...more
Paola
Difficile stellare, questo racconto lungo ha il fascino dell'orrido, come avere davanti un piatto di vermi brulicanti. Chessex descrive una svizzera profonda dove qualsiasi cosa pulita e luminosa verrà prima o poi, in vita o post mortem, deturpata e sommersa dal fango putrido di menti abitate dalla follia, dalla depravazione, dalla miseria culturale, da de-menti frutto a loro volta di abusi e violenze indicibili, ma della di cui descrizione Chessex é maestro.
Da lettrice alquanto disturbata da ce
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Valeriane
Oyé Oyé, nouveau partenariat Blog-O-Book, ici avec Le Livre de Poche.
Tiens donc, un vampire... c'est assez tendance pour le moment. Oui, sauf que celui-ci n'a rien à envier à l'édenté Edward Cullen et sa mielleuse Bella (désolée pour les fans... ils commencent à me souler avec leur battage médiatique pro-twilight... y a pas que les vampires mormons dans le vie!).
Bref, Le vampire de Ropraz est une courte histoire (85 pages environs). Le style fait penser à une chronique judiciaire. L'auteur relat
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Kate
I grabbed this as it was returned to the library, hoping it would be about a vampire, as the title indicates. It's actually a translation of a Swiss novella, and not quite about vampires...

In 1903, several recently deceased young women are found with their bodies VERY perversely defiled (if you don't like gore or graphic descriptions of murder, don't read this book!). The serial killer is called "The Vampire of Ropraz," and is later found to be a young man who was violently and sexually abused a
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Kirk Johnson
Jun 13, 2016 Kirk Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is what happens when the Swiss write horror.
Tina
Jul 06, 2014 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


EL VAMPIRO DE ROPRAZ
AUTOR: JACQUES CHESSEX
NACIONALIDAD:SUIZA
CONTEMPORANEO

Mis expectativas acerca de este libro eran mejores que los resultados que obtuve en la lectura. La trama es interesante pero la forma narrativa no me lo parece, no se trata de un vampiro propiamente dicho, de los que comúnmente chupan la sangre de sus víctimas, muy al estilo Drácula. Es una novela que puede ser realista pero sumamente cruenta, habla de profanación de tumbas, violaciones, bestialismo, mutilaciones, depravaci
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Jae
Sep 23, 2012 Jae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I liked the spare, stark telling of this tale.
My Inner Shelf
Mar 18, 2008 My Inner Shelf rated it liked it
Shelves: historique
Jacques Chessex nous raconte dans un style délicieux alliant humour noir et pure épouvante un faits divers qui secoua l’opinion publique suisse au début du XXème siècle durant des mois. Le livre est extrêmement court (classé “Courts romans et autres nouvelles” chez France Loisirs), et on reste inévitablement sur sa faim dès sa fermeture (environ une heure après son ouverture). Les faits évoqués sont juste abominables, sanglants et d’une cruauté infinie. Un cadavre, puis deux autres sont profanés ...more
Blandine
Jun 18, 2009 Blandine rated it liked it
Shelves: french
J'avoue ne pas trop savoir quoi penser de ce livre. Je l'ai trouvé en Bookcrossing à la bibliothèque de mon UFR à l'université, et le "vampire" du titre m'a poussé à l'amener à la maison avec moi. Le livre ne fait que 107 pages, la police est large... bref, il se lit en moins d'une heure et très facilement: parfait si vous prenez les transports en commun.

L'histoire est en fait un fait divers ayant eu lieu en Suisse francophone au tout début du 20ème siècle. La Suisse profonde qui d'ailleurs est
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Phlaemmle
Große Fabulierkunst wird der Leser nicht finden, die Sprache ist sehr knapp, fast schon zackig und wirkt informativ, so dass die Erzählung einem teilweise wie ein Bericht über den authentischen Fall erscheint. Gleichzeitig blähen sich durch die nüchterne, präzise Schilderung die Seiten auf, die Seiten scheinen voller zu sein als bei anderen Büchern und dennoch schwingt Prosa in der Formulierung mit, der Stil war für mich schwer zu fassen. Die recht anschaulichen Schilderungen ballen sich zu eine ...more
Oskari
May 15, 2011 Oskari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1900-luvun alun Sveitsin maaseudun pikkukyliin ja kaupunkeihin sijoittuva pienoisromaani, jossa kirkkomailla öisin tehdyt rikokset aiheuttavat hysteriaa. En ole tutustunut hiljattain kuolleen Chessexin aiempaan tuotantoon, tämäkin on ranskasta englanniksi käännetty. Aiempien töiden lukeminen voisi olla kiinnostavaa jo siitä syystä, että näkisi onko hänen kirjoitustyylinsä, johon ihastuin aika perinpohjaisesti, aina ollut yhtä voimakasta vaiko jalostunut nykyisen kaltaiseksi vanhoilla päivillä.

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Pete Young
Nov 12, 2012 Pete Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chessex was the only non-French author to have received the Prix Goncourt by 1973 (he won another, for poetry, in 2004), and despite a large body of work there’s still little by him that’s available in English. This is a fictionalised account of a ghoulish but unsolved true mystery regarding necrophilia and the desecration of young women’s graves in Switzerland’s Jura mountains at the turn of the twentieth century. It starts out lucidly and almost frighteningly atmospheric, with the mountainous ...more
trovateOrtensia
Oct 26, 2012 trovateOrtensia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svizzera
Per quanti non credono al "migliore dei mondi possibili"

Ropraz, 1903: alcuni terribili episodi di violazione di tombe scatenano l'orrore, il sospetto e la caccia al "mostro".

Ispirandosi a tali fatti realmente accaduti, Chessez precipita e quasi costringe il lettore nell'ambiente cupo e claustrofobico della piccola comunità montana di Ropraz, in cui l'ignoranza e la chiusura rispetto al mondo esterno, la religiosità vissuta come coercizione e la sessualità intesa come colpevole pulsione da reprim
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Stephen
Jul 17, 2009 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
More of a short story than a novel (even novella), Chessex's take on a series of brutal attacks on corpses in the region around Ropraz in Switzerland is remarkable mainly for the manner in which the author chooses to relate his story.

All the elements of a classic gothic tale are present: defilement (recently buried corpses being dug up and mutilated), superstition (the Calvinists of the area quickly return to Catholic habits during the period of panic over the existence of the "vampire"), myste
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Maggie
Jul 08, 2014 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this off the library shelf on a whim, thinking it was a trashy teenage vampire novella I could read while on vacation.

I paid the price for my ignorance. The book is about rape, mutilation, small-town horrors and superstitions.

...I guess it's good for what it is, but I was so off-put by the subject matter it was hard to appreciate what (I'm sure) was mood-setting prose.

Lesson learned -- no more blindly grabbing at vampire books for me.
Tomek
Jan 31, 2015 Tomek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written short story. Some elements of the plot, like 'high-society lady' visiting primitive prisoner to enjoy wild sex are... just TOO obvious. Author leaves a lot of space for readers imagination using brief descriptions, similar to thin pencil lines in sketch... Some may enjoy, some may feel a little bit dissapointed.
Ideal short read for a traveller going to Switzerland, who wants to catch some local athmosphere.
Isil
Mar 04, 2009 Isil rated it really liked it
Shelves: litterature, xxie, suisse
Le vampire de Ropraz n’est pas une histoire de la littérature fantastique même si elle en reprend des motifs, comme le vampire ou la dame blanche. Ce très court roman s’ouvre sur une description frappante de la vie rude d’un village reculé de Suisse au début du 20è siècle. On découvre un monde de misère affective, d’alcoolisme, où le silence entoure les pires maltraitances, où la superstition se mêle à la religion la plus stricte. C'est dans ce contexte que des événements effroyables se déroulen ...more
ArdnAskelA
Feb 28, 2012 ArdnAskelA rated it really liked it
Très intéressant comme livre.
Le mélange entre réalité et fiction est si bien fait que tout au long du livre je ne sais jamais si je suis vraiment dans la réalité ou la fiction.
Ecrit en chapitres assez courts et simples, la lecture de ce fait se fait rapidement et sans problèmes. On peut faire des pauses entre chapitres assez souvent sans pour autant perdre le fil de l'histoire.
Assez brutal par les descriptions des actes effectués par le "vampire", ce livre peut choquer quelques uns. Ames sensibl
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Lovett Salander
Apr 09, 2016 Lovett Salander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable novel, based on a historic event. The book is about a portrait of the rural society on the preindustrial era. Very interesting.
Stephen Durrant
This bucket of blood (and well-masticated flesh) is not my cup of tea, to mix metaphors. Jacques Chessex is, to be sure, a skilled writer with a trim, strong style, and his tale of blood and horror in the Swiss Jura in the early part of this century holds a certain perverse fascination. The story, which is actually a retelling of an actual event, leads to a final clever but somewhat twisted joke, which I will not reveal to avoid a spoiler alert. I spent some time in the French Jura last summer-- ...more
Marco Antonio
Portada realmente pobre, ahí Anagrama se quedó a gusto. Contenido muy interesante. Suceso fabuloso. Narración mejorable.
Candace
Jul 16, 2009 Candace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the English translation. It seemed to be roughly translated so that while parts were almost poetic, other parts were just difficult to understand and ... annoying is the word that comes to mind. The story itself was lost in the confusion and after just finishing it now I feel as if I totally missed the entire point. I wish I could read French because I believe the translation was mostly to blame. Then again, some of the gruesome bits I would not like to read again in any language. If you ...more
Mar
Feb 21, 2016 Mar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Las descripciones de los cadáveres son demasiado gráficas y desagradables
Victor Zajac
May 09, 2015 Victor Zajac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed his style of writing more than the actual story.
Dana
Apr 20, 2011 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished two books today: one about the city and one about the country. They are both about squalor and isolation. It's that kind of day. This one is the country book, and it is elegant. It's a filthy topic but a very clean book. No sloppy extra words, no bizarre tangents.

But I would never reread it. Whereas I would reread the city book (The Shadow-Boxing Woman by Inka Parei, if you were wondering), even though I gave that one fewer stars. This makes me wonder on what basis I am assigning sta
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Steffi
Anhand eines historischen Kriminalfalls werden die Abgründe einer verarmten, rückständigen Schweizer Region um 1903 erläutert. Gewalt, sexueller Missbrauch und Misstrauen gegen Fremde sind weit verbreitet und einem erst einmal überführten Perversen werden schnell auch andere Verbrechen untergejubelt. Das ist atmosphärisch ähnlich gut gelungen wir in Schenkels Tannöd, aber die beschriebenen Gewalttaten und sexuellen Phantasien werden am Ende auch als Lockmittel für den Leser eingesetzt und das is ...more
Carles Muñoz Miralles
Novelita de menos de cien páginas que se lee muy rápidamente, con descripciones muy gore no aptas para estómagos sensibles, y una mala leche excepcional en algunos momentos. La narración se mueve entre la historiografía y la crónica periodística, pero en ocasiones puede resultar confusa a causa de la cantidad de nombres propios, de sospechosos que aparecen y desaparecen para no volver a salir, y por personajes sobre los que no se resuelve nada, sino que quedan, como debió ser en la realidad, en ...more
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Jacques Chessex was a Swiss author and painter.

Born in Payern, Switzerland Chessex is a poet, writer and artist. He is among the most important writers who write in French. In 1973, he received international recognition when he became the first Swiss to win the biggest French literary prize - "Goncourt" for his novel "L'Ogre ". The same model was the first foreigner awarded the prestigious award.
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