16 June 2010

Short stories 156-160

“Lausus and Lydia” by J.F. Marmontel. At attempt at a thrilling story of romance and antiquity. Well-written (or translated). Pity it’s also a piece of melodramatic drivel.

The Mysterious Mansion” by Honoré de Balzac. A very atmospheric and well told little horror story using a trope that readers of Poe will be familiar with.

Mateo Falcone” by Prosper Mérimée . An excellent and expertly told story about honour and revenge. Recommended.
(This appears to be the same translation as the one I read). Ages ago, a simplified version of this story was set reading for my last semester of French, but we never got further than the first few pages.

The Mummy’s Foot” by Théophile Gaultier. A beautifully told romantic narrative that proves that just because it features a mummy, a story does not have to be one of horror to be interesting. Reminded me of some stories I have read by Lord Dunsany. Recommended.
(Translated by Lafcadio Hearn - link is to the same translation).

The Torture of Hope” by Villiers de l'Isle-Adam. A fine horror story very much in the Poe spirit. Recommended. (Different translation).

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