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"The Dead Mountain of Life" - Michel Bernanos

Anyone ever read this? Only heard about today, and it sounds appealing (ie bleak as hell).



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Re: "The Dead Mountain of Life" - Michel Bernanos

The reviews are very good ("A compelling spiritual nightmare"...yeah that's the stuff I live for). I'll grab it if I've the chance, though US cover doesn't look as nice as UK.

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Re: "The Dead Mountain of Life" - Michel Bernanos

The Other Side of the Mountain is a short but excellent read, very much a "spiritual nightmare." Surreal, nightmarish scenarios blended with despair amid encounters with a truly alien Other.
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Re: "The Dead Mountain of Life" - Michel Bernanos

This novella is included in VanderMeer's THE WEIRD anthology.

Apparently it's a new translation.

An overview with information and probably SPOILERS may be found here:

Michel Bernanos: Sin, Destruction, and Forgiveness | Weird Fiction Review
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Re: "The Dead Mountain of Life" - Michel Bernanos

Quote Originally Posted by Krakakas View Post
This novella is included in VanderMeer's THE WEIRD anthology.
VanderMeer has a soft spot for this novella. Apparently it was a big influence on his Southern Reach trilogy.

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Re: "The Dead Mountain of Life" - Michel Bernanos

Seconded, thirded or whatever -- it's a great book.

Reminded me a bit of Jean Ray via Mount Analogue. Worth buying with the lurid Sphere cover, in my opinion.
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