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Old 10-16-2011   #31
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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

Sorry for taking so long to respond, Tulayev! I somehow missed the notification email.

The ending is certainly a very important part of the text, but also one I'm not totally sure I can fit into my interpretations. Mayhaps it goes to show how societal influence is really all there is, overcoming even the supposed natural laws. Or (this is just occurring to me right now, but seems a far better theory), maybe it's about how, without society shaping us into something, we're really all roughly the same, just waiting for our roles to be handed to us. Every person put into that role will have the same result, because there's no core "person" to fight the circumstances. Hmm. Not sure that's totally convincing either, admittedly. Anyone else have any thoughts on it?

And I do know about the stories, which has several times almost made me spring for the Centipede (along with the promise of the intro and the art), but the price is so frightening. One day, if I see one going cheap, I may not be able to resist.

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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

I recently watched Fantastic Planet for the second time, and found it even more visually compelling than I remembered.

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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

The film adaptation with Roman Polanski is nothing to sneeze at. I love it; it incorporates, with a few of Polanski's anti american "Oh look at the foreigners aren't they awful" asides, the smothering atmosphere of misanthropy present in the book. The ending looks both comical and tragic, if you watch it more than once.
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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

I am late to the party, I know, but I finally read this extraordinary book. Ligotti's introductory essay is, unsurprisingly, brilliant. We can all think of artists and writers that fall outside the spectrum of commonplace sentiments and ideas, but the notion of a single man's creative life progressing from an affirmative/idealist phase toward the negative and the twisted is something not much examined. Though I admit, Ligotti's examples are not the most obvious. Why, for instance, Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata and not The Death of Ivan Ilyich? I would also have thought that rather than castigating Camus - which was, admittedly, a delight to read - a small discussion of someone like Dostoyevsky would have been more poignant. Notes from the Underground is, after all, the Ur-text, when it comes to the literature from the perspective of the estranged and the maladjusted. Still, Ligotti's intro, just like all his forays into literary criticism and recommendation, is pure gold.

Topor is a genius when it comes to seamlessly combining the nightmarish and the hilarious. And I love how one can read the Tenant either as a purely psychological tale of a man going insane or as straight forward supernatural horror that starts out as the unfurling of a conspiracy. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they are not after you. As has been noted before, this edition also includes four short stories which are wonderfully perverse, strange little fables of devastating social criticism. They reminded me of Bukowski and Boris Vian, but the absurdist elements were more pronounced. There are also samples of Topor's artwork at the end of the book. The cover artwork is also his.

Topor has written much more than I thought. I would love to find his pornographic puzzle-book for prisoners, or his erotic novella where there is a single printed word on each page. I saw documentaries where he presents some of his most curious creations. Not easy to track down, but I am telling you, I was never happier to have learned French. I have also watched some of his film work this past week [I thank Zeus for youtube], films he co-scripted or animated and I am blown by his imagination. I have something to recommend to all you TLO intellectual deviants: his 1989 film titled Marquis. Topor wrote it and did the art direction. The film is a fictional take of the Marquis de Sade's last few days at the Bastille, before it was seized by the revolutionaries. It's animatronics, all the actors have animal heads and it is unforgetable. I would embed it but it is technically R-rated, so I hesitate. Watch it now, buy me a drink later.

PS. I will soon have to return my copy of the Tenant to the library. This is one book I would really really really love to steal.

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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

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Topor is a genius when it comes to seamlessly combining the nightmarish and the hilarious. And I love how one can read the Tenant either as a purely psychological tale of a man going insane or as straight forward supernatural horror that starts out as the unfurling of a conspiracy. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they are not after you.



The Tenant is a brilliant short novel. Highest recommendation from me without hesitation.
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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

Roland Topor in English--Fright.com commentary

An overview of his work which has been translated into English

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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

French people don't know who Roland Topor is:

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Re: THE TENANT by Roland Topor with Introduction by Ligotti

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In this age of information overload, and even before, I don't hold this against people. They are just living their lives. Can such a thing as 'well-read' mean anything today? Having said that, I am certainly glad that I have read Topor.
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