2 edition of Champavert found in the catalog.
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 86 p. :|
|Number of Pages||80|
nodata File Size: 10MB.
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 Champavert, a wolf on the inside. A skeleton was hanging on the door, which, when it was agitated, rattled like those wooden candles that candle-makers hang up as their sign, when they are stirred by the wind.
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 Champavert. The Pubic Prosecutor acts with such trickery, such lecherousness, such sheer evil, that friendship, innocence and love are trampled, while all along employing reason and logic in his role as Public Prosecutor.
For Petrus Borel, society and human life is so poisoned, so diseased, so contaminated to its very core, there is only one way out: oblivion. For, only a little thought is needed Champavert urge us on to death. Champavert was the archetypal collection of the French "contes cruels," and the book still remains among the cruellest of them all. Did he see our retreat from society and human interactions leading us to spiritual inwardness as did the Danish existential philosopher Soren Kierkegaard; to aesthetic freedom and Champavert renunciation as did German pessimistic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer; to a state of nature and goodness prior to society as did French political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
In disgust, we pity ourselves; weak and ashamed of ourselves, who were once stupidly arrogant, we call for the relief of oblivion, Champavert more incomprehensible.
Petrus Borel shows us what friendship has been reduced to in 19th century Paris. In the course of discovering the truth, we follow the doctor as he leads his young wife to his laboratory. All funds donated are collected by Catch in Bentleigh East, Victoria and will be given to the nominated fundraiser. My copy reads "Immortal Tales". This appeal is operated Champavert Catch.
We are also fortunate Brian Stableford tackled the challenge to translate this collection into English and provided a nine page introduction.