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Sueurs Froides (D'entre Les Morts)

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L'histoire se déroule en France, durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Flavières, ancien inspecteur de police, est approché par Gevigne, un ancien camarade devenu homme d'affaires, qui lui demande de surveiller sa femme, Madeleine, sous prétexte que cette dernière se comporte de façon étrange. En outre, elle a des antécédents familiaux, car une femme de sa famille, Pauline La ...more
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Dec 22, 2007 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in a remainder type of bookstore in London some years ago. I was very excited to find the novel, because I always have been a fan of the Hitchcock film version. Also being a fan of French crime fiction, it gave me that little push of interest.

The book is very close to the film in many ways. Maybe not as obsessive as Hitchcock's own inspiration from the material, but nevertheless if you are a fan of the film, do try to locate the book.
For any good cinephile the standard line is that on its way to the screen Vertigo (1958) radically transformed its original source material, the (relatively) obscure French mystery novel written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, most commonly known by the portmanteau moniker “Boileau-Narcejac.” This transformation directly resulted in what many feel is not only Alfred Hitchcock’s most deeply and intensely personal film, but one of the greatest films of all time. This is more or less what I ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 17, 2009 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
در میان مردگان، یا از میان مردگان، در سال 1954 نوشته شده، هیچکاک با نام سرگیجه، آن را بر پرده ی سینما برد. بوآلو - نارسژاک، از جنایت حادٍثه ای می سازند که، از رویارویی هیجانات و دلمشغولی ها، به وجود می آید. و از این طریق، به جایی دست می یابد که به تعبیر روژه کایوآ این رمان پلیسی، دیگر بازی ذهنی مستقل از داده های ملموس نیست. به رمان واقعی تبدیل شده است
Dec 13, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, from which the Hitchcock movie was based. From memory, the movie follows the book well; however the action is set in France both before and after the Second World War, and as such the tumultuous times reflect in the confusion of the main character.

Flavieres, an ex-cop with a fear of heights, is hired by his old friend Gevigne to keep an eye on his wife, Madeleine, who is exhibiting strange mood swings and suicidal tendencies. However Flavieres becomes obssessed with
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Roger Flavieres begrudgingly went into the police force, but after his partner dies tragically because of his own fear of heights he quits and goes into the law. One day his old school friend Gevigne looks him up because he is in the midst of a very odd situation at home. His wife, Madeleine, seems remote. She has also been behaving very oddly. Gevigne is convinced it has something to do with Madeleine's great grandmother, Pauline Lagerlac, who killed herself. He's not sure what is going on, but ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inevitably overshadowed by the Hithcock masterpiece that was based on it. However this novella is atill worth a read, but the film is far superior.
Ben Loory
next time someone says "the book is always better than the movie," this here's exhibit A for the other side. it's the whole movie-- structurally-- beginning to end; only in france, during WWII, and minus a few keys things:

1) jimmy stewart (this guy's just a hopeless asshole loser)
2) kim novak (there's no magic and the love story's unconvincing)
3) the character midge (without whom, no hope of normalcy)
4) the inquest scene (for me, always the most painful part)
5) the final, all-important re-creati
Jul 07, 2011 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Well, I may have horrific insomnia, but at least I finally finished this. All I can say is (re)watch the movie instead--Hitchcock did these dudes some *serious* favors, from tightening up, believe it or not, a way heavier handed plot line to preventing you from hating the main character to the point of wishing he'd been the one to fall initially from the church tower. Still cool, I'll begrudgingly admit, to read the source material, but now that I've done it for all of us you needn't bother.
Aug 28, 2011 Dfordoom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Vertigo the novel

Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s Vertigo (original French title D'entre les morts) is of course the source material for Hitchcock’s famous movie.

The novel was published in an English translation in 1956 under the title The Living and the Dead and Hitchcock’s film followed a couple of years later.

They also wrote the book on which Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques was based and I’ve wanted to read one of their novels for years. Sadly this one seems to be only one readily available in
Feb 14, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, mysteries
Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo was such a superb film adaptation that Boileau and Narcejac's D'entre les morts will forever stand in its shadow. It's rather a pity, because here and there, the French novel tries -- as it were -- to break free, but I, as its reader, am as unable as Flavieres/Ferguson to see Renee/Judy as Madeleine/Madeleine. It's as if it were a second level delusion.
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Οι Boileau και Narcejac αποτέλεσαν το σημαντικότερο αστυνομικό δίδυμο της γαλλικής λογοτεχνίας. Από την συνεργασία τους προέκυψαν μερικά από τα σημαντικότερα μυθιστορήματα του είδους τα οποία πολλές φορές μάλιστα, έδωσαν αφορμή και έμπνευση σε μεγάλους κινηματογραφικούς παραγωγούς, χαρίζοντάς τους μεγάλη επιτυχία και παγκόσμια αναγνώριση. Ένα από αυτά τα βιβλία τους είναι και "Ο Δεσμώτης Του Ιλίγγου" που οι περισσότεροι από εμάς γνωρίσαμε ως την δημοφιλέστερη ίσως ταινία του Hitchcock, το "Verti ...more
Lawrence FitzGerald
D'Entre les Morts

If you have never seen Vertigo or read the book stop here. When you have at least seen the film, come back. I'll wait.

I have had a long fascination with Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. It begins well and some of the best parts are entirely nonverbal. But it has a fatal flaw - no matter how addled Scotty is in the second half, he is going to recognize Madeleine instantly, thoroughly and unmistakably. He is going to recognize her by her eyes, her nose her chin, her hands, her figure,
La leggenda vuole che Pierre Boileau e Thomas Narcejac, apprezzata coppia di giallisti francesi già autori del fortunato Les Diaboliques (Celle qui n’était plus), abbiano scritto il noir sentimentale D’entre les morts (Sueurs froids) a metà degli anni Cinquanta confidando in una trasposizione sul grande schermo per mano di Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
Quel che è certo, il romanzo affronta tutti i nodi tematici cari al Maestro del Brivido: la vertigine fisica ed emotiva, i sentieri – anch’essi vertiginos
Jose Vera
Jun 27, 2014 Jose Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El nombre original en francés de esta obra es “D'entre les Morts”, “De entre los muertos” y es la novela original que Hitchcock usa como argumento para la película vértigo.

El inicio de la historia nos sitúa en Francia poco antes de iniciarse la segunda guerra mundial. Roger Flavieres es un ex policía ahora abogado que recibe la visita de un compañero suyo de la universidad, Paul Gevigne el cual llega con un encargo fuera de lo común. Madeleine su mujer se comporta de manera extraña y lejana. Sos
Bill FromPA
Former police detective Flavieres is persuaded by his friend Paul Gevigne to take on the job of following Gevigne’s wife Madeline who is exhibiting strange behavior, falling into trance-like states and seemingly attempting to re-create herself in the image of a 19th century ancestor, Pauline Lagerlac, about whose life and suicide Madeline has, supposedly, been kept ignorant by her family. As Flavieres becomes more fascinated by Madeline’s behavior and Madeline herself, he comes to consider the p ...more
ines mmi
Feb 22, 2015 ines mmi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
j'ai adorer ce livre <3 il est bizzard tous comme moi.. je sais pa prk mais je me suis en quelque sorte retrouver en madleine.....
There was a time when the Alfred Hitchcock imprimatur on a book title was a marketing goldmine. I was a teenager during the tail-end of that time. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then check this out: publication chronology

During those years (mid to late 1970's), I recall purchasing at least 15 or 20 short story anthologies in a paperback format, published by Dell. The covers were gloriously comic depictions of Hitch himself in macabre settings. The art was typically of very high qualit
I was so confused about the provenance of this edition of Vertigo at first. I had initially assumed it was a new translation, but it's actually (I think) a reissue to tie in with the launch of Pushkin's Vertigo imprint, dedicated to 'writers of the greatest thrillers and mysteries on earth from countries around the world'. (I really want to cut 'on earth' from that sentence) (and possibly 'countries') Adding to the confusion (which is perhaps very apt for this novel), I was half asleep when I re ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, doulce
Read a lot of Boileau-Narcejac in the 70's, but most of them aren't on GR (and I can't add them, not having the books anymore).
The best of French Noir, before Nouveau Roman.
Daniela Diaz
No es un libro perfecto de hecho hay varias cosas que no me convencen de la historia, pero aun así me encanta, el
punto al que puede llegar a tener un hombre una obsesión por una mujer.
Nancy Oakes
My very first thought at this particular moment is that I'm surprised by how many people did not enjoy this book, which I felt was absolutely stunning. I guess it's a case of "I've seen the movie and the book doesn't match" or something along those lines, but I focused entirely on the novel, putting the movie completely out of my head as I read it. The two have a number of similarities, and the basics of the book have definitely made it to the film, but there are also a number of differences. Th ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, new-to-me, 2015
From among the dead...

As Paris waits uneasily for war to begin, Roger Flavières is approached by an old college friend, Gévigne, who puts an odd proposition to him. Gévigne is concerned about his wife, Madeleine. She has been lapsing into odd silences, almost trances, and seems bewildered when she comes out of them. Gévigne knows she's been going out during the afternoons but she says she hasn't – either she is lying, which Gévigne doesn't believe, or she has forgotten. Gévigne wants Flavières t
Nov 16, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a huge Hitchock fan this book particularly intrigued, but even if you’ve never seen a single Hitchcock film in your life, VERTIGO is an engaging, fascinating, and frequently beautiful book. If you are also a fan of the film, then there is greater nuance here than the film, and plenty to conjecture about for the reader.

Set at the start of World War II, the central character of Flavières is troubled by many things, not just the need at one point to flee the war’s encroachment. He seems, on t

I’ve watched the movie (of 1958) with the same title, by Alfred Hitchcock.

This is a psychological thriller of the best quality, I have ever seen. As the film-director W. Friedkin put it, it’s a case of “a lost love and mistaken identity”.

Especially in the first part [my division] of the movie the viewer is focused on the pathology of Madeleine (played by Kim Novak); whereas in the second part Scotty (played by Jimmy Stewart) becomes somehow pathological (melancholic) due to the presumed death o
Despite my French background, I had never heard of the writing duo Boileau-Narcejac (Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac) until researching the origins of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. From the 1950s to the 1990s, they wrote many "romans policiers" (also called "polars") - French for "crime fiction" - including this book and Celle qui n'était plus, which the great Henri-Georges Clouzot adapted into Les Diaboliques in 1955. Originally entitled D'entre les morts - or "Among the Dead" ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Col rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b, n, 2015

"Do you think it's possible to live again, Monsieur? ... I mean ... is it possible to die and then ... live again in someone else?"

You're no longer in the police, but when an old friend asks you to look after his wife as a favour, how can you refuse? She's been behaving strangely, mysteriously - but she's dazzling. And so Flavières begins to scour the streets of Paris in search of an answer - in search of a woman who belongs to no one, not even to herself. Soon intrigue is repl
Somaye Homayoun
May 07, 2016 Somaye Homayoun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شش صفحه آخر کتاب را که میخواندم تصور نمیکردم با داستانی جنایی سر و کار داشته ام. انقدر که درگیر جنبه عاطفی داستان شده بودم. با اینکه میدانستم هیچکاک فیلمی با ژانر پلیسی از این رمان ساخته. خوب غافلگیر شدم ...خوب
Jul 29, 2016 JacquiWine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Pushkin Press launched their new crime imprint—aptly named Pushkin Vertigo—back in September, I couldn’t resist buying a couple of titles: the Boileau-Narcejac I’m reviewing here, plus Leo Perutz’ Master of the Day of Judgement. I’ve yet to read the latter, but if Vertigo is anything to go by, I’ve got a treat in store.

First published in France in 1954, Vertigo (originally titled D’entre les morts, meaning Among the Dead) is the source novel for the Hitchcock film of the same name. Even if
Wow! Nicely done. Especially if you haven't seen the movie.
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Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud (aka Thomas Narcejac) were French authors who specialized in police stories. They collaborated as "Boileau-Narcejac," with plots from Boileau. Narcejac provided most of the atmosphere and characterisations in each novel.

Each of them were highly successful alone before beginning their work together. The Prix du Roman d'Aventures, one of the most important literary a
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“Quand il mangeait des babas ou des éclairs, il se sentait coupable jusqu'à l'âme, à cause de la guerre, à cause des vendeuses dont les maris ou les amants se trouvaient sans doute quelque part, entre la mer du Nord et les Vosges. Mais il comprenait que Madeleine avait besoin de cette nourriture, justement pour tenir en échec ce vide, ce néant, cette nuit où elle était toujours sur le point de sombrer.” 1 likes
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