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Neighbours From Hell,
This review is from: The Tenant (Paperback)
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.