Blue of Noon

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Marion Boyars, May 1, 2002 - 128 pages
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Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, this twentieth-century erotic classic takes the reader on a dark journey through the psyche of the pre-war French intelligentsia, torn between identification with the victims of history and the glamour of its victors. One of Bataille's overtly political works, it explores the ambiguity of sex as a subversive force, bringing violence, power and death together in a terrifying unity.

"Georges Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century"—Michel Foucault


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User Review  - Danya - Goodreads

Just re -read this with a friend .. but we made it fun by reading it to each other in bed ( best way to read ) . It made me remember why I loved this loathsome man . One of Bataille's favorite words ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Munt - Goodreads

Le Bleu du Ciel largely departs from the crazed erotic surrealism of his first novella Histoire de l'oeil. There's a more fleshed out plot, though it meanders a lot, and protagonist, despicable though ... Read full review


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Bataille was a medievalist librarian by training. Active in the French intellectual scene from the 1920s through the 1950s, he founded the journal Critique and was a member of the Acephale group and the College de sociologie.

Harry Mathews was born and raised on New York's Upper East Side but left America for France in 1952 shortly after graduating from Harvard. He has written over a dozen books including the novels "Cigarettes, The Journalist", and "Tlooth", along with collected stories, "The Human Country", and essays, "The Case of the Persevering Maltese". Mathews is also the only American member of the Oulipo the Workshop for Potential Literature France's longest, and most active, literary movement. He divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.

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