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Book Title: Fantômas|
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The author of the book: Marcel Allain
Edition: Picador Books
Date of issue: 1987
ISBN 13: 9780330299190
Format files: PDF
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Enfantômastic - James Joyce
From the moment it was published n February 1911, Fantômas (and the thirty-one sequels which immediately followed it) was a phenomenon: a work of fiction whose popularity cut across all social and cultural strata. Countesses and concierges; poets and proletarians; cubists, nascent dadaists, soon-to-be surrealists; everyone who could read, and even those who could not, shivered at posters of a masked man in impeccable evening clothes, dagger in hand, looming over Paris like a sombre Gulliver, contemplating hideous misdeeds from which no citizen was safe... - From the introduction by JOHN ASHBERY
Here is a book as phantasmal as its unseen hero: a legendary crime novel unavailable in English for many decades, source of an equally legendary and equally inaccessible silent-movie serial by Louis Feuillade...Allain and Souvestre's creation has imposed itself through sheer aura. Just as their malevolent hero - a genius of crime, waging war on bourgeois society - terrifies most surely by his invisibility, the Fantômas novels are more powerfully imagined than read. The text, banal in itself, suggests a thousand potential scenarios of infinite fascination. Once you grasp the concept you can conjure up unlimited Fantômas adventures. - VOICE
Fantômas's success was due to the very nature of the character. Where literature had been high-minded, now this purely criminal hero inflamed imaginations as exquisite as those of Jean Cocteau and Guillaume Apollinaire as he violated society women and left their delicately slashed bodies for the servants to find. - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
That extraordinary novel, full of life and imagination...From the imaginative standpoint Fantômas is one of the richest works that exist - GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE
The Modern Aeniad - BLAISE CENDRARS
Absurd and magnificent lyricism - JEAN COCTEAU
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Read information about the authorMarcel Allain (1885-1970) was a French writer mostly remembered today for his co-creation with Pierre Souvestre of the fictional arch-villain and master criminal Fantômas.
The son of a Parisian bourgeois family, Allain studied law before becoming a journalist. He then became the assistant of Souvestre, who was already a well-known figure in literary circles. In 1909, the two men published their first novel, Le Rour. Investigating Magistrate Germain Fuselier, later to become a recurring character in the Fantômas series, appears in the novel.
Then, in February 1911, Allain and Souvestre embarked upon the Fantômas book series at the request of publisher Arthème Fayard, who wanted to create a new monthly pulp magazine. The success was immediate and lasting.
After Souvestre’s death in February 1914, Allain continued the Fantômas saga alone, then launched several other series, such as Tigris, Fatala, Miss Téria and Férocias, but none garnered the same popularity as Fantômas.
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