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Malato, Charles

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1857-1938) French anarchist, journalist and author, deported at age seventeen to New Caledonia with his father, the latter having been involved in the 1871 Paris Commune. Malato himself, back in France from 1881, espoused in Philosophie de l'anarche ["The Philosophy of Anarchy"] (1897) and agitated for a form of libertarian communism. The transgressive implications of his Lost World novel Perdu au Maroc ["Lost in Morocco"] (1915) clearly reflect his sense of the malign and oppressive insecurity of the official West, as his protagonist progresses deeper and deeper into surreal Moroccan worlds underneath the "real". Along with "The Rat and the Octopus", from Contes néo-calédoniens (1897), and Les Mémoires d'un gorille (1901), translated as "Memoirs of a Gorilla" (see Apes as Human), Perdu au Maroc was assembled as Lost! (omni trans Michael Shreve 2017). [JC]

Charles Malato

born Foug, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France: 7 September 1857

died Paris: 7 November 1938

works (selected)

  • Contes néo-calédoniens ["Neo-Caledonian Tales"] (Paris: L-H May, 1897) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Les Mémoires d'un gorille ["Memoirs of a Gorilla"] (Paris: L-H May and G Mantoux, 1901) [binding unknown/]
  • Perdu au Maroc ["Lost in Morocco"] (Paris: F Rouff, 1915) [binding unknown/]
    • Lost! (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2017) [omni trans by Michael Shreve of the above three: "The Rat and the Octopus" only from Contes néo-calédoniens: pb/Mike Hoffman]


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