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Les Mains d'Orlac

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Le pianiste virtuose Stephen Orlac, perd l'usage de ses mains. Après une opération où il s'en fait greffer des nouvelles, il apprend qu'elles proviennent d'un assassin guillotiné ce qui explique pourquoi il est accusé d'atroces meurtres. ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published 2008 by Les Moutons électriques (first published January 1st 1920)
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Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is in some ways a rather bad book, but entirely a delight to read so perhaps it should be a 3 or a 4 but the joy it gave me was all a five. Written in installment form you can see it being made up as Renard goes along. Which is part of the delight really. The language is overblown and rather brilliant, belonging more to the circus or a storyteller's stage.

Like a submarine navigating beneath the waves, only its periscope breaking the surface, the affair never showed above the surface of the
After surviving a terrible accident, the wife of Stephen Orlac finds their life becoming increasingly strange, filled with ominous portents, ghostly figures and, eventually murder. Who would enjoy reading this? Fans of classic horror films interested in the source material, fans of French-pulp era suspense or mystery fiction as well. Those looking for something "weird" from the 1920s, maybe.

A popular French novel when published in 1920 (later adapted to film 3 times), here p
Un thriller desigual, pero con una trama apasionante (y enrevesada) y cliffhangers capítulo tras capítulo, Las manos de Orlac ha sido adaptada al cine en numerosas ocasiones (incluyendo la versión muda protagonizada por Conrad Veidt y la versión protagonizada por Peter Lorre), aunque ninguna de ellas ha logrado capturar todos los aspectos de la novela. Accidentes, mutilaciones, ocultismo, apariciones fantasmagóricas, avances científicos y secretos familiares se entrelazan para contar la historia ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting how different the book was from the films. Spiritualism/seances play a big part of this book and there's some really exciting scenes. I wasn't such a fan of how the story was structured, but maybe that's because I knew where it was going. I read the 1929 first English translation. I'm very curious if the recent translation version is significantly different, I know that's the case with Renard's Doctor Lerne/New Bodies for Old. ...more
Nov 17, 2012 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition

This original horror story was the basis of 4 films. 'The terrifyingly ingenious story centres around a world-famous concert pianist, Stephen Orlac, whose hands are horribly mutilated in a train accident. An eminent surgeon grafts on a new pair of hands, but with ghastly results, for Orlac now finds himself possessed, not of musical skills, but by strange and terrible impulses...
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Maurice Renard est un écrivain français né le 28 février 1875 à Châlons-sur-Marne et mort le 18 novembre 1939 à Rochefort.

L'enfance de Maurice est rythmée par des séjours d'été à Hermonville, où ses grands-parents possèdent le château Saint-Rémy (détruit en 1918), et où la famille occupe dans le vaste parc un petit pavillon, le clos Saint-Vincent.
En 1894, il obtient son baccalauréat en lettres et

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