Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Fantômas has ratings and reviews. Fabian said: Fantômas, written by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, was followed by no less than 42 sequels. Praise. [Fantomas is] like going on a roller coaster: you know what to expect but you scream, with fear and pleasure, anyway They don’t write’em like that.

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In the end, Gurn — if that is his name — is caught and tried. Is Fantomas a series or a standalone book? You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item. And did I learn souvesfre this torturous experience? Dec 26, Pages.

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She has been murdered in a most grisly way. The ending is great too and one of the more memorable ones I have read in recent times. Master detective, Juve, is the one to track him down and leaves no stone unturned in his search but is always one step behind right until the very end.

Lots of other twists and fantomsa and disguises took me by surprise though. Serial Killer Criminal Mastermind. There are whole gangs of rascals who have vowed my death. I hope that faantomas of that will be revealed in the next book in the series.

Ah, if we were only on the steep side of some mountain with the moon like a great lamp above us, or by the shore of some wild ocean, there would be some glamour in proclaiming my identity in the silence of the night, or in the midst of lightning and thunder as a hurricane swept the seas!

Perhaps knowing some of the other characters will help us find out who this man is.

I’m just saying, if you’re writing a book about a criminal genius, the criminal should do genius things. And, if he does, will he be right?


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He is a serial killer, no halfways or doubts about it I know I said earlier there are two main ingredients in the recipe for success of this feuilleton, but I had forgotten the third and probably the most important one: The locations are still preponderently upper class: This was the first of what was apparently a wildly popular ‘pulp fiction’ series in France which also spun-off into multiple silent filmsstarring a not-quite-Sherlock-Holmes-like police inspector called Juve.

Serialized in various French newspapers, ; Fayard, April She eventually committed suicide in They avoided unnecessary violence and they had their own sense of fair play.

He is a master of disguise, always appearing under an assumed identity, often that of a person whom he has murdered. There is a murder of a wealthy elderly noblewoman, the disappearance of an English lord, a daring jewel robbery in a hotel. Praise [ Fantomas is] like going on a roller coaster: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the beginning, even the existence of Fantomas is in doubt.

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Marcel Allain Pierre Souvestre. And how can you say no to classic pulp fiction? The slapdash narrative of the criminal’s gory exploits shows negligible literary skill; but I found it hard not to be caught up in the serpentine plot and large cast of curious, albeit stock, characters. In this way, the novel is not a type of ‘whodunit’ but more an early example of police procedural. Other books in the series. Perhaps as a way to make the original French character more attuned to Latin American audiences who crave justice avengers in fiction and national politics.

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From the Trade Paperback edition. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I am reminded of an old Star Trek episode directed by Joseph Pevney and written by Robert Bloch entitled “Wolf in the Fold,” in which Redjac and jack the Ripper are the same character traveling through time and space.

The eponymous character of Fantomas by Marcel Souvesgre and Pierre Souvestre is perhaps the greatest of the arch-villains in literature.


McKay, ; Paul, ; New York: He often assumes the form spuvestre personality of some definite and even well-known individual; sometimes he assumes the forms of two human beings at one and the same time. What at first seemed a bunch of jumbled, irrelevant episodes scattered across France have begun to converge in delightfully implausible ways, like a more shamelessly lurid version of those scenes in Les Miserables where all the huge casts of characters who had been developing on their own for hundreds of pages all suddenly wind up in the same boarding house or whatever.

In total Allain wrote more than novels. Sep 10, Tosh rated it it was soyvestre. He is a master of disguise and impersonation, sadistic, and loyal to none but himself. Dec 26, Pages Buy. Mar 22, David Stephens rated it it was ok Shelves: Les souliers du mort The fatal shoes. Mar 27, the gift rated it it was amazing Shelves: Inhe was already a well-known figure in literary circles I’ll take their word for thatand Souvestre collaborated with his assistant Allain on their first novel,” Le Rour”.

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Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait Sure, it’s rather convoluted and flowery, but basically boils down to Holmes’s declaration that ” Come to think fantoma it he doesn’t seem to be remembered for that either, not in my copy anyway.