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  • My Fantoms
  • Théophile Gautier
  • English
  • 10 June 2018
  • 9781590172711

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review My Fantoms 103 Ng readers on a tour of modernity at its most mysterious ”What ever would the Devil find to do in Paris” Gautier wonders “He would meet people just as diabolical as he and find himself taken for some naïve provincial”Tapestries statues and corpses come to life; young men dream their way into ruin; and Gautier keeps his faith in the power of imagination “No one is truly dead until they are no longer loved”. A middling collection nothing fancy pants but nothing awful either Gautier might put you in mind of Lefanu or other mid century nouveau gothicists or whatever you want to call them Gautier s supernaturality comes from the omnipresent titular ghosts in the stories collected here The first batch seem to be almost a keen symbol for repressed sexuality or some weird masturbatory referent adolescent images beautiful ghost priest sees beautiful specter etc Difficult to say though you can tell Gautier loves both the spirit world and beautiful young women so the stories are haunted by both in a harmless way That s a good word for this collection harmless Harry Potter, I à VII readers on a tour of modernity at its most mysterious ”What ever would the Devil find to do in Paris” Gautier wonders “He would meet people just as diabolical as he and find himself taken for some naïve provincial”Tapestries statues and corpses come to life; young men dream their way into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ruin; and Gautier keeps his faith in the power of imagination “No one is truly dead until they are no longer loved”. A middling collection nothing fancy pants but nothing awful either Gautier might put you in mind of Lefanu or other mid century nouveau gothicists or whatever you want to call them Gautier s supernaturality comes from the omnipresent titular ghosts in the stories collected here The first batch seem to be almost a keen symbol for La bibliothèque de Poudlard repressed sexuality or some weird masturbatory Le Monde de Narnia (Romans Junior) (French Edition) referent adolescent images beautiful ghost priest sees beautiful specter etc Difficult to say though you can tell Gautier loves both the spirit world and beautiful young women so the stories are haunted by both in a harmless way That s a good word for this collection harmless

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review My Fantoms 103 Toms assembles seven stories spanning the whole of Gautier’s career into a unified work that captures the essence of his adventurous life and subtle art From the erotic awakening of “The Adolescent” through “The Poet” a piercing recollection of the mad genius Gérard de Nerval the great friend of Gautier’s youth My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit while taki. this is an absolutely fantastic book of seven supernatural stories by theophile gautier kudos to nyrb for putting this book out along with the dozens of other fabulous titles they have published many of them uite obscurewhile these aren t really ghost stories demons devils and spirits abound and one of the stories the priest must surely be one of the first stories to mention vampires as it was written in 1836 bram stoker s dracula by comparison didn t come out until 1897the writing is uniformly brilliant thanks in large part to the fabulous translation by richard holmes every sentence flows beuatifullyif you like stories that lean toward the supernatural or just really great writing in general i can t recommend this book highly enoughi also own two other books by gautier one is a novel and the other a memoir of his travels in italy i can t wait to read them Vendredi ou la vie sauvage recollection of the mad genius Gérard de Nerval the great friend of Gautier’s youth My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit while taki. this is an absolutely fantastic book of seven supernatural stories by theophile gautier kudos to nyrb for putting this book out along with the dozens of other fabulous titles they have published many of them uite obscurewhile these aren t Les Royaumes de feu, 11: Le Continent perdu (Grand format littérature - Romans Junior) (French Edition) really ghost stories demons devils and spirits abound and one of the stories the priest must surely be one of the first stories to mention vampires as it was written in 1836 bram stoker s dracula by comparison didn t come out until 1897the writing is uniformly brilliant thanks in large part to the fabulous translation by L'incroyable île Fourmite richard holmes every sentence flows beuatifullyif you like stories that lean toward the supernatural or just 6. La guerre des clans : Une sombre prophétie (06) really great writing in general i can t Harry Potter, I à VII recommend this book highly enoughi also own two other books by gautier one is a novel and the other a memoir of his travels in italy i can t wait to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory read them

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review My Fantoms 103 Romantic provocateur flamboyant bohemian precocious novelist perfect poet not to mention an inexhaustible journalist critic and man about town Théophile Gautier is one of the major figures and great characters of French literature In My Fantoms Richard Holmes the celebrated biographer of Shelley and Coleridge has found a brilliantly effective new way to bring this great but too little known writer into English My Fan. 45 starsOn n est veritablement morte ue uand on n est plus aim e My Fantoms is a ghostly provocative selection of seven of Th ophile Gautier s short stories translated and compiled by Richard Holmes The stories are arranged chronologically so that the reader may perceive the progression of Gautier s writing throughout the course of his professional career the first The Adolescent was written when he was just twenty one the last in this collection The Poet was written when he was fifty six Gautier s lengthy works not presented in this selection are erotically imagined Some of the tales are sensual seductive gothic romances often with spectral hypnotic fantastic and otherworldly features The fant mes in his stories are shadowy outlines silhouettes mostly feminine entities they are seductresses ravishing mischief makers soft hearted vampires generous courtesans fatal temptresses or simply ardent thousand year old musesxxii Symbolically they hint at a portrait of Gautier s own personal relationships This taken to be truth his love life must have been uite volatile and haunting In The Adolescent the main character an innocent with a headful of dreams and illusions visits his uncle s summer house a sad relic of bygone days as ramshackled as if it had been a thousand years old At night in his bedroom he witnesses the goddess Omphale climbing out of the mythological tapestry to seduce him The experience initially frightening becomes so intoxicating that he obsessively anticipates these nightly apparitions Much is alluded here to the loss of innocence Gautier wrote with a light tone and often with a sense of humor He also reflected his training in the arts and his appreciation of textures form and color in his prose In The Painter Onuphrius works on a portrait when it is tampered with by a diabolical spectral being Onuphrius walked over to collect the canvas leaning with its face to the wall He put it up on the easel Just above the line of Jacintha s delicate mouth an unknown hand had drawn in a pair of moustaches that would have done honour to a drum majorFor about an hour everything went well The blood flow beneath the flesh tones the outlines grew sharp the forms filled out the light values were established against the dark and half the canvas was already aliveHe was in the act of paintingthe pupil when a violent blow to his elbow knocked his hand aside The spot of white jerked onto the eyebrow and his coat sleeve smeared across the surface of the cheek which he had just finished and was still fresh The last tale The Poet is a part fictionbiography of his old friend G rard de Nerval who committed suicide in 1855 Nerval whose own writings were inspired by his obsession for an actress Jenny Colon died 1842 was the one person who understood Gautier best The Poet is a nostalgic remembrance of Nerval illuminating some of their mutually haunted experiences It reads like a very tragic memoirIt is now twelve years since that drear morning in January when a sinister rumour first began to spread through Paris In the uncertain light of that cold grey dawn a body had been found hanging from the bars of a wall ventilator in rue de la Vielle Lanterne opposite the iron grille of a street sewer halfway up a flight of steps It was a place freuented by a familiar crow who used to hop ominously about seeming to croak like the raven in Edgar Allan Poe Never oh never The body was that of my childhood friend and school fellow G rard de Nerval Gautier s macabre tales have similar gothic romance values to those of Edgar Allan Poe These writings are expressed with a savoir faire a naturalness reflecting a bohemian life and pagan musings obsessive loves and a mild indulgence in eroticism his view of death as an escape from the pain and suffering of life My Fantoms is a great introduction to Gautier Whatever else is gleaned from this compilation it is certain that I would enjoy Th ophile Gautier s lengthier fiction and poetry