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Champavert: Immoral Tales

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Champavert was the archetypal collection of the French "contes cruels," and the book still remains among the cruellest of them all. It is also one of the greatest collections of short stories ever published; the only reason that it has never been translated before is that the job was so challenging that only an insane person would tackle it. Petrus Borel the Lycanthrope ...more
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Published December 12th 2012 by Borgo Press (first published 1833)
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Glenn Russell
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Petrus Borel (1809 - 1859) - French author with the spirit of a wolf

At the time the fiery romantic literary artist Petrus Borel penned this collection of seven short stories he was a lycanthrope, that is, a human on the outside, a wolf on the inside. And as a man-wolf he was an extreme outsider to society and culture, to convention and rules, to comfort and routine, an outsider telling his tales as he viewed humans and human society through his wolfish eyes.

And what he saw wasn’t pretty: any
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Ivano Porpora
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono racconti immorali perché racconti dell'abominio, dell'abiezione; racconti nei quali, a una fortuna linguistica, s'assomma una ricerca del male che s'insinua nella vita.
Omicidio, suicidio, stupro, e poi ancora povertà, spleen, indolenza; le offese al genere umano nelle quali l'autore scava, con riso sardonico.
Bill Wallace
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Early ancestors of the conte cruel, presented by the exemplary Brian Stableford. These grim stories of an unjust world remind me of DeSade with only a fraction of the sex. Interesting mostly from a historic perspective, the downbeat nature of the narratives works against their value as entertainment. Awful things happen to undeserving people only goes so far as a theme. Stableford's footnotes are outstanding and illuminate contemporary references that would be lost on most readers. These stories ...more
Maazah
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These short stories are not an easy read, but they are not meant to be. Petrus Borel shows and criticises the injustices and the violences in society skilfully and sometimes with humour on the surface. This is a collection that made me keep thinking about it later, definitely worth reading.
Eva Edelweiss
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9/10 En su día fue de mis libros de cabecera. Parecía escrito por el Lobo Estepario de Hesse.
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Petrus Borel was a French writer of the Romantic movement.

Born Joseph-Pierre Borel dHauterive at Lyon, the 12 of 14 children of an ironmonger, he studied architecture in Paris but abandoned it for literature. Nicknamed le Lycanthrope ("wolfman"), and the center of the circle of Bohemians in Paris, he was noted for extravagant and eccentric writing, foreshadowing Surrealism. He was not commercially
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“To get rich, one must have but a single idea, one fixed, hard, immutable thought: the desire to make a heap of gold. And in order to increase this heap of gold, one must be inflexible, a usurer, thief, extortionist, and murderer! And one must especially mistreat the small and the weak!

And when this mountain of gold has been amassed, one can climb up on it, and from up on the summit, a smile on one’s lips, one can contemplate the valley of poor wretches that one has created.”
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“In Paris there are two dens, one for thieves, the other for murderers. The den of thieves is the Stock Exchange; the den of murderers is the Courthouse.” 22 likes
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