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4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  2,416 Ratings  ·  129 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 October 1983 by Gallimard (first published 1972)
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Sep 25, 2016 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a mess.

I really need to do better research on what novel I will read next aloud to my wife, especially when said work is on the wrong side of 500+ pages. Ostensibly, this stinker looked to have all of the right pieces of a ripping yarn - even if it might be dated (early '70s) and containing an overdone topic (survivors of nuclear holocaust), the high ratings here on GR and the "23 WEEKS ON INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER'S LIST!!" prominently displayed on its cover pushed it over the edge. God, w
Oct 11, 2011 Cateline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
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
May 18, 2013 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
Barbora Romanovská
Také jsem se kdysi pokoušela o četbu Smrt je mým řemeslem, ale začátek byl poněkud zdlouhavý, tak jsem asi sáhla po jiné knize.

Ale zpátky k Malevilu. Smrti a řemeslu dám ještě šanci, protože Malevil mě dost chytl. Ze začátku jsem moc nevěděla, co se od toho dá čekal, ale takové dobrodružství jsem si teda nepředstavovala. Tíživá atmosféra se postupně rozplývala, abychom pozorovali zrod nového člověka, který za pomoci pozůstatků technologie přežívá ve zničené krajině.
Ana  Vlădescu
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 ."

١٢ مهر ٩٣
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
Somaye Homayoun
Jul 06, 2016 Somaye Homayoun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
خواندن کتاب های خوب، یافتن کتاب های خوب دیگر را آسان میکند. کتاب، ترجمه محمد قاضی است و خاطرات یک مترجم مشوق خواندن این کتاب بود. شخصیت های داستان از معدود بازماندگان یک انفجار اتمی اند که در پناه سرداب قلعه ای قدیمی در جوار کوهی از مرگ نجات یافته اند.نجات یافتگان تعدادی دوست قدیمی اند که زمانی در کودکی و نوجوانی گروهی تشکیل داده بودند و اکنون به همراه خدمتکاران قلعه خود را تنها بازماندگان انفجار می بینند. امانوئل، مالک قلعه، مدریت شرایط جدید را به عهده می گیرد و این جامعه کوچک را راهبری می کند ...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.
Jun 24, 2010 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!).
Mostafa Moghassemi
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
Jul 16, 2013 Hamideh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great, the best novel i've ever read
Aug 26, 2016 Shotgun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klasika postapo literatury. I když jsem k ní přistupoval s despektem, protože jsem si ji podvědomě řadil někde mezi Malé prince a Veroniky, které chtěli víte co, tak nakonec byla kniha příjemným překvapením.
Možná proto, že celá ta záležitost s atomovou válkou byla jen záminka jak lépe a přesvědčivěji zmapovat dynamiku vztahů v malém izolovaném kolektivu. Kniha by se klidně mohla odehrávat na nějakém odlehlém ostrově a hrdinové by mohli být trosečníci z nějaké lodi nebo letadla a na děj knihy by
Robert French
While considering possible apocalyptic novels to read, I remembered reading a novel in the late 70s that I enjoyed. All I could remember was a castle, a nuclear holocaust and the setting in France. A quick Google search using France, apocalyptic and castle and I found my book – Malevil. Next I began searching for a book that is considered very difficult to find. It was not available in the local new and used bookstores or available in the local library. In fact, there was only one copy in ALL th ...more
Dennis Royer
Dec 26, 2012 Dennis Royer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2011 Bobby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2012 Asteroeis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic
It's a brilliant book. I don't understand how Merle accomplished writing about the end of human race with such humor.
Published in 1975, in certain ways this novel is extremely dated. The attitudes towards women are typical of what you would expect - flirtatious, playing on physical attributes to manipulate the men, not capable of thinking logically, and generally fomenting trouble all around. Plus there aren't apparently enough of them, so they must be shared. The author scrupulously insists they are never to be forced to do anything they don't want to, however. The science in this is as shaky as the concepts ...more
I read this book as a youth and decided to re-read it along with two other Nuclear Apocalypse novels I read as tween/teen. So how did it hold up?

Not sure how I would have even found this book back in 1976 or 1977 when I first read it. Probably because I had a great library system in St. Louis County, MO.

The book is a great human story of a group of survivors. Similar to Alas Babylon it has a small focus. It is not concerned with the great sweep of history but rather how people deal with, liter
Nuno Magalhães
Aug 02, 2011 Nuno Magalhães rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, scifi, distopia
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.
Feb 16, 2012 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite after-the-unthinkable happens book. I first read it in the 70s and at least once a decade since.
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Classic. Deserves to be reprinted for another generation
Great Book !
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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.” 5 likes
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