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4.0 out of 5 stars Neighbours From Hell
This haunting tale is all the more chilling for conveying the uneasy fact that the veil which conceals the macabre can be very thin and easy to fall through.
An unassuming man, Monsier Trelkovsky, a bit down at heel goes in search of an apartment. The seemingly ordinary events that ensue conspire against him and fuel his overly self-conscious and paranoiac...
Published on 16 Sep 2003 by Damian of Clitheroe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Neighbours meets Kafka
This is a short novel written in 1966 and I presume set in that time in Paris. This is a paranoid drama based on a relatively simple premise of the insecurities of moving into a new tenancy.

I'm reluctant to give too much detail of the story because it would be too easy to say too much but here goes: Trelkovsky needs a new flat and finds one; his occupancy...
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by H. Tee


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4.0 out of 5 stars Neighbours From Hell, 16 Sep 2003
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This haunting tale is all the more chilling for conveying the uneasy fact that the veil which conceals the macabre can be very thin and easy to fall through.
An unassuming man, Monsier Trelkovsky, a bit down at heel goes in search of an apartment. The seemingly ordinary events that ensue conspire against him and fuel his overly self-conscious and paranoiac personality. As the story develops, Trelkovsky descends into a scary and solipsistic world; a gruesome phantasmogoria where reality and imagination entwine...
Even in translation this 1960s French novel's existential tone (a characteristic commonly found in continental literature and films) shows through and underpins this eerie fable. This type of writing invites the reader to put himself in the place of the protagonist and to try and comprehend the world through their eyes - which in this tale provides a disturbing read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted little tale., 10 Feb 2013
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A deeply delicious descent into paranoia and insanity, with some hauntingly dark imagery along the way. Highly recommended to anyone look for something a little bit different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chimera in the apartment?, 10 Aug 2013
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Christopher H (Keilor, Australia) - See all my reviews
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The French title for this strange novel translates approximately as "The Chimerical Tenant", that is, a tenant who is two creatures or persons in one. And that pretty much indicates the puzzle that unfolds in the story. A lonely young man moves into an apartment and starts behaving obsessively. Is the building genuinely weird? Is he being psychologically possessed by the former tenant, a girl who committed suicide? Or is there some other explanation? Is he as normal as he seems?

Cleverly written and very carefully paced, the story just draws you in. There are touches of Gogol in this tale, also Meyrink's The Golem, and it clearly is influenced by Barbusse's novel of a similar drab Parisian building, Hell. But it fits firmly with certain French mid 20th century novelists - it strongly brings to mind Alain Robbe-Grillet's The Erasers, In the Labyrinth and Repetition, books which likewise trick readers who assume that the protagonist is an ordinary person with a stable identity, and the world is alarmingly out of kilter. The truth is more complex.

Definitely worth reading. And you won't believe the final twist!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neighbours meets Kafka, 25 Oct 2010
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This is a short novel written in 1966 and I presume set in that time in Paris. This is a paranoid drama based on a relatively simple premise of the insecurities of moving into a new tenancy.

I'm reluctant to give too much detail of the story because it would be too easy to say too much but here goes: Trelkovsky needs a new flat and finds one; his occupancy depends on the condition of the previous inhabitant, Simone, who lies ill in hospital having attempted suicide. He visits her and makes a mental connection with this bandaged victim and meets her friend Stella (whom he finds very attractive) at the bedside. Simone dies and Trelkovsky takes up residence, but all too quickly feels the paranoid pressures that may have driven Simone's actions (or was she murdered). How much is he paranoid, and just because he is doesn't mean the neighbours aren't out to get him? (that's the story to chapter 4 of 18). Problems start by the universal issue of noise through walls.

This is a strangely engrossing story; you do experience that certain `where's this going?' feeling. It's sinister but not horrific - there's no violence or gratuitous sex. The surreal `get a grip Trelkovsky' sensation haunts your thoughts as you read. There is one scene about cross dressing which I found too comical (I don't think this was intentional) and let down the dark, degenerate feel of the narrative.

This story is in many ways remarkably similar to `The Golem' (see my other reviews) reflecting a recursive nature of paranoia. This being a shorter and less detailed tale just isn't quite as good. It is a compact précis and worth a read but invest a little and read `The Golem' instead. I can't imagine it's worth paying too much for this book, don't think that high price x short novella = the bestest book. It's 3 stars overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horror and paranoia: neighbours, 16 Jun 2014
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Niklas Pivic (Stockholm, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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This turned out to be a straightforward trip into paranoia and horror as the lead character looks for an apartment, finds one and then meets the neighbours. And more happens; that's just the start.

This is a relatively short novel, and as such, it does surprisingly well when being scary. I don't usually read horror stories, but this is more than that; it touches on a base human level where we don't want to disturb our neighbours yet still don't want to lose integrity.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping... absorbing... tale of paranoia, 19 Feb 2002
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A very clever tale of the life of Monsieur Trelkovsky after he is forced to find a new apartment in Paris.
A gripping story of fantasy and paranoia as bizarre events unfold leading the chracter into a state of mind from which he can no longer distinguish reality.
A masterpiece of such style with a twist at the end which will leave the reader with a lingering sense of horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who are you ?, 7 Jun 2010
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Ann Fairweather (England) - See all my reviews
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A very long time ago, I saw the film version of this novel by Polanski. I still remember the sheer horror and deep malaise that it provoked. Only now did I come across the book, and obviously, the effect is not as impactful as the film was but it is nevertheless a very disturbing tale of identity. Experiencing the story through the feverish mind of the character, one can sense the mounting madness and the inevitable abyss looming but feels as helpless as he is. A fascinating if very uneasy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 25 Oct 2014
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