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The Death of Olivier Becaille and Others by Emile Zola, Fiction, Literary, Classics

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The title story—the tale of a living man mistaken for dead and buried in a coffin—is wonderful stuff, like all of Zola. But it's not alone: also included in this collection are "Captain Burle," "The Miller's Daughter," and "The Flood."
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Aegypan (first published 1884)
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Many stories have been written about being buried alive. The most famous is probably Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial published in 1844. In the 19th century, being buried alive was a more common fear than it is today. In this story it happens to Olivier Becaille, a married, but poor and sickly Frenchman who has just moved to Paris with his wife. Zola doesn't focus so much on the horror of the event as he does on the life of Becaille and his young wife Marguerite. And the idea that if you e ...more
Sep 18, 2015 FeReSHte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, france
اگر زنده به خاک سپرده بشیم چه می کنیم؟

مرگ الیویه بکی داستان کوتاهیست نوشته امیل زولا که از کتاب کافه پاریس خوندمش. با این که داستان کوتاهیه اما خیلی منظم تو پنج فصل نوشته شده. الیویه به دلیل بیماریش به حالتی فرو رفته که از نظر سایرین مرده ولی خودش هوشیاره هرچند قادر به حرکت و تکلم نیست. راوی داستان خود الیویه بکیه تحت فشار از این که زودتر به حال عادی برگرده و قبل از این که زمان از دست بره و به خاک سپرده بشه بیدار شه، این هراس و وحشت رو به خواننده هم القا می کنه. چهار فصل اول پر از استرس و ترس شد
Maan Kawas
Oct 08, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful but bone-chilling short story about a person who got into a cataleptic spell, but was mistaken to be dead, and consequently was buried alive. The suspense and anxiety arise when Oliver, the hero, watches and hears about his death and funeral arrangements, unable to say anything, especially, when he they closed his eyes. The climax is when he was buried in his coffin underground. Although he was lucky to be able to break the coffin and get out of the grave, but returning to his wife a ...more
Althea Ann
What would you do if you were buried alive?
No, really, what would you do?

This story takes this horrific scenario, and deals with it remarkably calmly and realistically. A man becomes conscious of his wife wailing over his seemingly-dead body. He can hear and see, and is aware of everything in the room around him. However, he's unable to move a muscle to respond to her. He wonders: is he actually dead? Might it be that consciousness does not depart the dead body?
Ahmad Sharabiani
La Mort d'Olivier Bécaille=The Death of Olivier Becaille, Émile Zola
عنوان: مرگ الیویر بکی؛ امیل زولا؛ مترجم: معصومه احمدی؛ تهران، کوله پشتی، 1389، در 48 ص؛ شابک: 9786005816020؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 19 م
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

In: Four Short Stories By Emile Zola:

This book reminded me of Camus' The Stranger, I thought the narrators seemed very similar in their essence. It was amusing to form bridges between the two stories, using this book as either a prequel or sequel to The Stranger, it seemed to work both ways even though the books were written at very different times. Both books are perfect for an Existentialism 101 analysis (even though Zola wrote before the era usually associated with the beginnings of Existentialism).
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"it was on a Saturday, at six in the morning, that I died", t, 3 March 2016

This review is from: The Death of Oliver Becaille (Kindle Edition)
Opening with the unexpected phrase "it was on a Saturday, at six in the morning, that I died", this short story (27p) follows the eponymous narrator after his 'death' (to be more accurate, some sort of cataleptic state.)

(Spoiler alert) As the bored doctor fails to spot anything amiss, matters are soon arranged by a nosy neighbout and a young man who seems
Jack Moore
Apr 19, 2015 Jack Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I had been wont to shudder whenever in any book or newspaper I came across a date of a hundred years hence. A date at which I should no longer be alive, a future which I should never see, filled me with unspeakable uneasiness. Was I not the whole world, and would not the universe crumble away when I was no more?"

'The Death of Olivier Becaille' remains to this day perhaps my favourite tale of them all.
'The Death...', a short story, yet essentially a monologue, is a truly harrowing and nostalgic
Feb 01, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A dead man is not jealous…..I would not commit the cruel folly of coming to life again.” Zola’s horrific short story depicts a man, Olivier Becaille, in a temporary coma and paralytic state. This condition leads his wife to believe he is dead. It even fools the doctor. Funeral and burial arrangements are made and carried out. Readers’ will experience their worst fear through the eyes of Olivier. A memorable read!
Apr 28, 2015 Marie-Pier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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J'ai lu ce livre au secondaire sans vraiment porter attention à ce que je lisais. Presque 10 ans plus tard, j'ai redécouvert les nouvelles d'Émile Zola que j'ai adorées.

Voici mes nouvelles préférées de ce livre en ordre:
1- L'Inondation
2- La Mort d'Olivier Bécaille
3- Nantas
4- Les Coquillages de M.Chabre
May 29, 2016 Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"C'est un samedi, à six heures du matin que je suis mort après trois jours de maladie. Ma pauvre femme fouillait depuis un instant dans la malle, où elle cherchait du linge."
Jul 04, 2015 Niloo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't expect such ending.
PJ Dlamini
Feb 29, 2016 PJ Dlamini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this is not a horror short story then Dracula is a DIY book on how to apply nail-polish on deceased Chihuahuas.
Emmanuel Wallart
Oct 19, 2016 Emmanuel Wallart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Des nouvelles à chutes. On ne peut rien raconter sans gâcher le plaisir du futur lecteur.
Mais on passe de la terreur, au rire.
Reham  A. Lasheen
Beautifully melancholic :)
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Émile François Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.

More than half of Zola's novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Comédie Humaine, Zola from
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