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Le Vampire de Ropraz

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  220 ratings  ·  42 reviews
107 pages
Published 2007 by Editions Grasset
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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
Heather Shaw
Dec 04, 2008 Heather Shaw rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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


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
I liked the spare, stark telling of this tale.
My Inner Shelf
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
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
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
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.

Pete Young
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
More of a crime thriller than a horror story, and not about vampires at all (also, barely a novel at a soft 100 pages). It's 1903 and the Swiss countryside is rocked by a series of horrific, cannibalistic attacks on recently buried young women. But the story is told through an oddly detached omniscient POV that reads more like a news account. There's lots of graphic violence and sexual abuse and some sort of twist at the end. I don't know. I think something was lost in translation.
Helen Damnation
The dust cover promises a "lyrical tale of fear and cruelty" and "a dose of poetry, of the aesthetics of sin, and of the metaphysics of the monster". I am perfectly willing to believe these things can be found in the original language, but in the translation much seems to be lost. I read an interesting (though shallow) narrative of events, but even then it wasn't until the last page that I was given the information to understand why this tale might be interesting.
Bill Peschel
A novella more than a novel, this gritty story of a body snatcher of ravishes corpses of young women in 1900s Switzerland is a bracing dip into paranoia, fear, despicable lust and degradation humans can get up to, especially of they live in a benighted fundamentalist land. Jacques Chessex was a Swiss writer, so this is well worth checking out if you're in the mood for a darker vision tinged with the otherness that a writer from another culture can bring.
Écrit comme un compte-rendu/suivi journalistique de fait divers. Un chapitre d'introduction installant tout de suite l'atmosphère des plus glauques d'une Suisse rurale du début du XXº.
Un très court roman, au titre aussi sensationnaliste que les réactions du public suisse (et du mooooonde!) face à l'affaire particulièrement sinistre, qui se lit d'une traite et se clôture par un dénouement comme je les aime : ouvert et cynique.
Malgré les crimes odieux qui font froid dans le dos et qui sont décrits de façon mécanique et implacable par Jacques Chessex, l'histoire est finalement assez pauvre et le récit laisse un goût de trop peu. Ce roman dans la Suisse rurale du début du XXe et dont les campagnes sont le théâtre des pires horreurs perpétrées par un vampire aurait mérité quelques dizaines de pages supplémentaires.
Rough translation from the original French - felt like I wasn't getting it. Brutal story about murders in a rural area of Switzerland in 1903. There really is very little "vampiric" about it - more sadistic and cannibalistic - I think it was translated that way to cash in on the 2009 vampire craze.

Very quick read - a novella really.
K. A. O'Neil
A vampire novel of a different stripe - one that would make Charlaine Harris throw up and stay awake from nightmares for a month. An examination of a tortured and corrupted mind and of the dripping and bleeding over that occurs from one inhuman act of brutal violence to another.
picked it up as i wasn't sure if it should be science fiction & fantasy or regular fiction. Its regular fiction or maybe true horror. short and attention holding.
again the stars don't work: good writing, never going to re-read it, not sure who i would recommend it to.
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Jacques Chessex was a Swiss author and painter.

Born in Payern, Switzerland Sheseks 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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A Jew Must Die L'Ogre Le dernier crâne de M. de Sade La Confession Du Pasteur Burg: Récit Portrait Des Vaudois

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