Maurice Dekobra: La Madone des Sleepings



I was slogging my way through a couple of books that didn t fully ave my attention when I rebelled and scoured my shelves for something engaging I don t think I ve read a sp A superbly poetic book I can see why people go back to it now and again for a reread Its prose alone evokes the best of Fitzgerald I know the latter is American but مهارت در بازی زندگی his style is the closest I can think ofPrecious little time is actually spent on the Orient Express or any train for that matter or is described only fleetingly which was the primary reason I took up this book Other than that the plot felt a bit small and short few characters and few butarrowing series of eventsThat said this is a truly excellent classic thriller Lady Wyndham is a fascinating and inspiring character as many The Dragon in the Clock Box have noted and Prince Seliman is a singularly noble model I purchased a Neversink Library bundle for myself for Christmas about five or six years ago Iad only recently become aware of Melville House and was uite intrigued by the design of these books and the mission of the Neversink series to make available titles which My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, had been under appreciated or unfortunately forgotten I cannot uite recall if the bundle was ten pre selected titles or if I chose the volumes myself Over the intervening years Iave read maybe two After Midnight for sure people in an apartment fearful of the Nazis bursting in upon them and the Right Way to do Wrong Houdini just riffing for about 200 pages Somewhere along the way I must The Nazi Revolution have sold off several at current I only count five Neversink volumes on my shelves This book is appropriately described as a romp It sold over 15 million copies upon its publication in the 1920s and in many ways originated the spy thriller began a long legacy of mystery and intrigue stories set on and around the Orient express and provided the basis for theard boil language of Raymond Chandler and others I found it delightful Many goodreads reviewers seemed mystified as to why Melville House would republish a book that amounts to such a light entertainment With its page turning plot leaps and its unenlightened vilification of the Soviet Union This strikes me as an unfair evaluation of the book Sure its light but there is so much Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy here The whole book could uite easily be a chapter in a later Pynchon novel I think it is well deserving of a wider audience Recommended 3 12Amazing to think that this was a best seller in its day if only because it does not seem to fit into any one genre To me it is a blend of lightearted escapades of the very British and very rich ala Jeeves and Wooster international espionage with sex ala James Bond critiue of Communism ala Orwell the plight of Overwrought and antiuated with Soviets as cartoon villains It was a fairly light read depending on ow much you wanted to get into it I went into it with the false expectation that it When looking over at to find books that were made into movies I ave seen over the years I was introduced to Maurice Dekobra s The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars I was looking for the book based on Hitchcock s movie Foreign Correspondent thought I Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, had found the book but it was modern author Alan Furst s novel by the same name The book based on the movie was Personal History by Vincent Sheean which is not available in Kindle format Furstad touted Dekobra s novel it being a best seller of it time 1925 it sound like an interesting read His female characters exhibit a strength dominance Dekobra was a Frenchman who was a journalist as well as a novelist What I find enthralli. Η μαντόνα των βαγκόν λι έχει για φωτοστέφανο τον φαύλο κύκλο των καπρίτσιων της και για Ιερή Σκέπη σουίτες πολυτελών ξενοδοχείων Οι μάγοι της προσφέρουν μαργαριτάρια Η άσωτη μαντόνα χορεύει γυμνή μπροστά στην έκθαμβη βρετανική αριστοκρατία και προκαλεί τα χρηστά ήθη στα πρωτοσέλιδα των κοσμικών φυλλάδων Η Λαίδη Γουάινχαμ

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Ng is reading a book about Germany s Weimar Republic 1919 1933 pre Adolf Hitler Stalin s Russia Communist Russia through the eyes of someone living in those times Where the Reichsmark was necessary due to Germany s inflation ladies of the evening debauchery were on the rise This story is about Lady Diana Wynham The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars a free spirited widow Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet her uest to drill for oil oner beueathed property in the USSR Caucasus With the Arise help ofer secretary scandal ridden Prince Gerald Seliman Lady Diana devise a plan if it does not succeed she is ruined While in Germany they come to talk to the Communist leader in Berlin Leonid Varichkine Archies Americana, Vol. 1 his female associate This is a different kind of spy thriller were personal vendetta is the game death are atigh stakes The Soviet system is seen for the The Book Thief horror it was for anyone that the is in its grasp that is targeted Excerpts About the author The publication of The Maddona of the Sleeping Cars in 1925 was an international success the book was translated into thirty languages and sold million of copies It was banned in Boston and the New York Times dubbedim the biggest seller of any living French writer or dead one eitherHe nodded For eight years that same charming Madam Mouravieff Talk to Me has been Varichkine s official mistress She inspiresim She directs Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, him She terrorizesim Ah my dear boy that Irina Mouravieff is an extraordinary woman She is one of those enlightened individuals who can conceive of Educating for the New World Order humanappiness by the way of machine gun bullets and who sends the people who contradict Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock her to do a little bit of uninterrupted meditation in the ice fields of SolovkiOnly the thickeaded logicians are astonished to find that there is an elite society in a country where everything is eual But I must say that there are very few in the party to which I The Character Of An Upright Man have theonor to belong You can count them on the fingers of one Mr. Malcolms List handMost assuredly And as anyone who is accused of counter revolution even if there is no proof is automatically condemned to death those innocent people end up in the dungeons of the Loubianka But all that is of no importance for it is better to shoot ten innocent people than to let one dangerous agitator escapeDo you really believe that tyrants are born into the world just like musicians or taxpayers After all what does the cruelty of tyrants signify It is but a manifestation of the instinct of self preservation nothing nor less Aarmless piece of flesh and bone forced by destiny to command a million individuals who GURPS Conspiracy X hateim is bound to be a perfect CaliguaJust a man cursed with an education valueless to the new regime a superfluous being who Just One Golden Kiss has been conuered in the unfair battle between brute force and brain powerMy next read Colette s The Vagabond This is the first book I ve read in the Neversink series where I thought upon finishing it Why Why republish this why think it deserves a broader modern audience This mightave been relatively intriguing in its time the free loving The Tyranny of Guilt heroine the jabs at Communism the relatively open acceptance of pre post and intra marital sex but unlike the books by Keun and Horvath even the Strugatskys that Melville Houseas previously published as part of this imprint this little picaresue piece Phantom Encounters holds nothing butistorical value It s a curiousity rather than a literary find poorly written tediously plotted and terribly obvious I can t recommend it to anyone but completist collectors of this series It was curiosity than anything else that made me buy this book Curiosity as to what it was ?ισθησιακή ατίθαση και απαλλαγμένη από ηθικές ασημαντότητες σκανδαλίζει την Ευρώπη του '20 ταξιδεύει αδιάκοπα κι εξερευνά άλλοτε τα άγνωστα εδάφη της ψυχανάλυσης και άλλοτε τα επικίνδυνα εδάφη του υπαρκτού σοσιαλισμού συνοδευόμενη από τον έμπιστο γραμματέα της Πρίγκιπα Σελιμάν Η οικονομική καταστροφή; Για τη γυναίκα που δε.

Hat made this book so immensely popular in the mid 20s this is a reprint of that work as translated by the Frenchreal name Maurice Tessier author s American friend Neil Wainwright so expect American punctuation and spellings to whom the book is dedicated At worst I thought it might simply be a frivolous pastime but it was curiosity that was foremost in my mindThere are four main characters the aristocratic Westerners Lady Diana Wynham and Eat Your Way Through the USA her secretary Prince Gerard S liman who is the author of the book and so it representsis take on the characters and their attitudes and the Russian Communists Leonid Varichkine and My Dirty Janitor Book 4 his partner Irina Mouravieff The writing and dialogue is florid even awful by modern standards and stylistically uirky but it is not difficult to become used to it Somehow it also seems appropriate as the type of writing one would expect the character S liman might use but of course it is Dekobra s style and it represents a fascinating mix aka dekobrisme at the time of the author s firstand experience of the places and events described and the fictional elements of the narrative On a certain level there is a certain spying uality that propels the narrative but the intriguing aspect is the complex interplay between the four main characters The setting in the mid 1920s provides the political background the Capitalist Aristocracy and their overwhelming fear of the conseuences of the Communist Russian Revolution Dekobra s style allows Stories from Spain / Historias de España him to present unflinching descriptions of both political sides Wyndham and S liman provide prescient condemnations of the Communists and Communism while Varichnike and Mouravieff provide the eually incisive biting criticisms of the Aristocratic Capitalistic melieu Given the immense popularity of the book one cannotelp but wonder Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos how much its pro Western sentiments mightave contributed in shaping the West s virulent anti Communist phobias prevalent both during World War II especially among our political and religious leaders and particularly throughout the Cold War periodAt the end of the book there is an Afterword written in 2012 by Ren Steinke Among other things it interprets the book from the point of view of its depiction of the New 20th century Woman as typified by the two central women in the book the outrageous Lady Diana Wynham the Madonna of the Sleeping Cars and the terrifying Irina Mouravieff the Maruise de Sade of Red Russia Indeed the characters of the two women are perhaps the most potent aspect of this novel both represent a kind of freed or emancipated woman and both are presented as both wonderful and terrifying in their own ways Both are ruthless cruel Broken Bear heartless and fearless and while S liman s overwhelming preference is for Lady Diana one can also detect a sneaking admiration for Irina The men are presented almost as peripheral actors to be used by the women for their particular ends and purposes and with not too many other redeeming ualities As to which of the two women protagonists is the most monstrous I will leave that to the individual reader to determineOverall a most enjoyable read Lady Diana Wynham seeks to wow the soulless and cynical Bolsheviks who are in case just bitter spurned romantics underneath I suppose the main curiosityere is that anyone would ave thought it possible in 1925 that the USSR would open up and let foreigners claim their mining concessions granted the pre Revolutionary times Before Stalin a gradual decline away from communism by 1940 looked plausibleI d like to see the old film version. ν ανέβηκε ποτέ άλλο γολγοθά από την πλατιά σκάλα του Ριτζ είναι απλώς αδιανόητη Ο πλούτος της είναι απαραίτητος ακόμα κι αν πρέπει να τον διεκδικήσει από αιμοσταγείς μπολσεβίκους Ακόμα κι αν πρέπει να περάσει από το κρεβάτι του συντρόφου Βαρίσκιν για να πάρει πίσω τις πετρελαιοπηγές που της στέρησε η σοβιετική κρατικοποίηση.

Born Maurice Tessier in Paris in 1885 he adopted the pseudonymn of Maurice Dekobra which he used to write his novels in 1908 His works began with romantic fiction and went on to become whodunnitsHe studied in France and Germany and he spoke three languages French English and German and began his career as a tri lingual journalist at the age of 19 His first novel Les Memoires de Rat de Cav