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Misconosciuto al pubblico italiano, caduto nell’oblio in patria e tradotto con successo in inglese a partire dagli anni Venti, Maurice Level è uno degli esponenti dimenticati della letteratura simbolista. Le porte dell’inferno, raccolta di 26 storie pubblicata per la prima volta nel 1910, è un insieme di ossessioni, cecità, immagini di morte, predestinazione, vendetta pass ...more
Kindle Edition, 153 pages
Published June 9th 2017 by Panesi Edizioni (first published 1910)
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Detail from The Gates of Hell by the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Maurice Level and Auguste Rodin were contemporaries. Jessica Sequeira thinks there is a good chance Level's collection is linked directly to the sculptor's work.

The Gates of Hell - Twenty-six tales of the macabre from French author Maurice Level (1875-1926), short tales, each one six or seven or eight pages in length, adapted and translated into clear, accessible English by Jessica Sequeira. Also included in this Black C
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The twenty-six tales of The Gates of Hell are not the supernatural horror I had come to expect from British and American short stories of this same period. Translator Jessica Sequeira's introduction discusses the French tradition of "dark realism" which relies instead on irony and psychology to depict events that could conceivably happen. In "The Debt Collector," for example, a humble accountant who finally gives in to temptation finds his carefully constructed plan thwarted when he forgets the ...more
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Maurice Level was a writer of fiction and drama who specialized in short stories of the macabre which were printed regularly in the columns of Paris newspapers and sometimes staged by Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, the repertory company in Paris's Pigalle district devoted to melodramatic productions which emphasized blood and gore.

H.P. Lovecraft observed of Level's fiction in his essay "Supernatural Ho
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