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Malevil

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,826 Ratings  ·  160 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 March 3rd 1983 by Gallimard (first published 1972)
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Brian
Sep 25, 2016 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
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Cateline
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 https://gramatas.wordpress.com/2016/0...
S. Hm
Jul 06, 2016 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
Vít Kotačka
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, dystopia
Znáte ten pocit, kdy si z dětství dobře pamatujete nějaké místo a pak se tam vrátíte po 25-30 letech? Chvilku vám trvá, než si srovnáte perspektivu. To co se kdysi zdálo obrovské, nebo strašně dlouhé, má najednou banální a "normální" rozměry.

Mě už se to párkrát za život stalo a tak ten mechanismus přizpůsobení je trochu povědomý - ve skutečnosti se neadaptují oči... ale mozek. Naposledy se mi to stalo při čtení Malevilu, který jsem si po čtvrt století znovu přečetl.

Když jsem ho četl poprvé, bylo
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Checkman
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
Ints
Nebija tā, ka šo grāmatu nebūtu lasījis, man viņa vienmēr ir asociējusies ar ārā krītošām lapām un svaigēdājiem. Šogad nesteidzos un dāvinātās grāmatas nelasīju jau pirmajā mēnesī, bet taupos uz gada beigām.

Emanuels Konts cēlies no zemnieku ģimenes, bet pateicoties sava tēvoča apsviedībai un paša personīgajām īpašībām ir kļuvis par Malvilas pils īpašnieku un iemantojis Larokas pilsētiņas iedzīvotāju simpātijas. Ar viņa spriedumiem cilvēki rēķinās, un arī viņa vīns nav peļams. Kādu dienu, kamēr K
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Vit Babenco
May 18, 2013 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
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Rebecka
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
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Aya
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, favorites
Nové audioknižní zpracování slavného románu Roberta Merleho z roku 1972 stojí na pomezí vícehlasé četby a dramatizace, shrnující téměř pětisetstránkovou knihu do deseti hodin poutavého poslechu. Na Malevilu se podílelo 34 herců – 34 hlasů, které se postarají o to, že na tento výlet do Francie hned tak nezapomenete.

Vypravěčem příběhu je Emanuel Comte, jehož zápisky připomínající deník (jsou psané ich-formou) se v úvodní části knihy obracejí do dětství v roce 1948, kdy mu bylo dvanáct let. Později
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Veeral
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
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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
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
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.
Val
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Hamideh
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great, the best novel i've ever read
آبتین گلکار
شاهکار عالم بشریت
Ali Najafiyan
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
این کتاب راوی داستانی پسا آخر الزمانی است که هیجان و روانی روایتش مزیت اساسی آن است با این حال چندین بار در طول داستان از نفس می افتد .
به نظر میرسد نویسنده در تلاش برای بیان حرف های مهم و تاثیر گذار و فلسفی خود نه تنها از رمق افتاده بلکه هیجان و سیالی داستان خود را نیز فدای این هدف دست نیافته نموده .
Amber Scaife
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A small group tries to rebuild their lives in 1977-post-nuclear-apocalyptic France.
This one surprised me with how good it is. Engaging and suspenseful in all the right ways and with fantastic characters.
Shotgun
Aug 26, 2016 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
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Mountbatten
Jo, jen 3 hvězdičky!Mám totiž takovou kacířskou myšlenku: všichni, kdo mi Malevil doporučují, že to je nejlepší PA sci-fi, tak to říkaj jen proto, že je to stará kniha kritiky oceňovaná :P :)))
Jo, nepřišlo mi to jako žádná bomba. Možná proto, že nejsem čtenář scifi, ale za poslední 2 roky jsem přečetla hodně PA knih, od jednoduchých po "jiné", tak mi tohle nepřišlo nikterak třeskutě originální.
Jo, není to vůbec špatně napsané, hlavní postavy nejsou ploché, mají docela vyvinutou charakteristiku,
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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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Patrick
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Bobby
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jozef Melichár
Zaujimavá postapokalyptická kniha kde Merle pekne rozohráva svoje psychologické hry. Úzkou sociálnou skupinou, ktorá sa ocitne izolovaná aj pomerne nesympatickou hlavnou postavou kniha pripomína Merleho knihu Ostrov. Možno je moja smola, že som Ostrov čítal prvý, alebo to súvisí s vekom (v 18tich by ma to pravdepodobne hlboko zasiahlo), ale kniha napriek čitateľnosti na mne nezanechala až taký výrazný dojem ako som očakával. Napriek tomu boli niektoré časti výborné a scéna kde vybuchla bomba a h ...more
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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
“And another thing needs to be said. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in the weeks preceding Zero Day made it possible to predict it. There were wars, of course, and famines and massacres. And here and there a few atrocities. Some of them flagrant (in the underdeveloped countries), others less obvious (in the Christian countries). But nothing, taken all in all, in any way different from what we had been seeing for the past thirty years. And all of these things had in any case occurred at a convenient distance, among peoples far removed from us. We were distressed by them, of course, we expressed indignation, signed petitions, or even donated small sums of money on occasions. But at the same time, in our heart of hearts, after having dutifully experienced these vicarious sufferings, we returned to our usual feeling of security. Death was something that always happened to others.” 0 likes
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