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The Altar of the Dead

Henry James

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A fable of literally life and death significance, the story explores how the protagonist tries to keep the remembrance of his dead friends, to save them from being forgotten entirely in the rush of everyday events. He meets a woman who shares his ideals, only to find that the past places what seems to be an impassable barrier between them. Although James was not religious in any conventional sense, the story shows a deep spirituality in its treatment of mortality and the transcendent power of unselfish love.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To-day it all seemed to have occurred merely to the end that George Stransom should think of him as “Hague” and measure exactly how much he himself could resemble a stone.  He went cold, suddenly and horribly cold, to bed.


The next day, in the afternoon, in the great grey suburb, he knew his long walk had tired him.  In the dreadful cemetery alone he had been on his feet an hour.  Instinctively, coming back, they had taken him a devious course, and it was a desert in which no circling cabman hovered over possible prey.  He paused on a corner and measured the dreariness; then he made out through the gathered dusk that he was in one of those tracts of London which are less gloomy by night than by day, because, in the former case of the civil gift of light.  By day there was nothing, but by night there were lamps, and George Stransom was in a mood that made lamps good in themselves.  It wasn’t that they c. . . Read More

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إنها رواية قصيرة لكنها إختزلت في طياتها معان جديرة بفهم نمط الحياتين حياة بائدة ( ما قبل الموت) وحياة سائدة (ما بعد الموت) ..تشعر وكأن "هنري جيمس " يوقظك لعالم الأموات فهو مجازياً يحييهم نحو الصحو ويبيد من منطقك فكرة العدم .....تلك الشموع التي يوقدها لتخليد ذكراهم وتلك الصدفة المارقة مع إمرأة يتفاجأ

مذبح الموتى
للمؤلف هنري جيمس
ترجمة وليد أحمد الفرشيشي
مراجعة رمزي بن رحومة
طباعة : مسكلياني للنشر والتوزيع
عدد الصفحات : 77
نوع الكتاب : رواية / قوطية
" إن هؤلاء الموتى البائسين يطلبون القليل فيتلقون الأقل. لقد ماتوا مرة أخرى، عادوا الموت مع كل يوم بسبب معاملة الحياة القاسية لهم، لم يحظوا بشعا

أنها علامةٌ فارقة على جبين الموتى ، اولئك القابعين في أقاصي الذاكرة . المنسيين .
هذه المرثية الحقيقية لليتامى ولأصحاب الهوية المجهولة .
للمعذبين الذين ولدوا هنا دون أدنى رغبة في الوجود ، وداهمهم الموت على حين غفلة .
همّشتهم الحياة وهشّمهم الموت .
الناس تعيش للناس . لأطفالهم وذويهم وأقرانهم وآحفادهم ل

Henry James—who wrote not only novels of genius but also some very fine ghost stories—is known as the author of The Turn of the Screw, the most ambiguous ghostly tale ever written: so subtle, so evanescent that the reader can never be sure whether it actually contains a ghost, or not. But I think he

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