Blue of Noon
Marion Boyars, 2002 - 128 pages
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.
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Dirty asked me, without even a smile. She kissed me inside the mouth. 'Maybe.' I
went into the bathroom. I was very pale. For no reason at all I looked at myself in
the mirror for a long time; I was horribly unkempt, almost coarse, with swollen
features that were not even ugly, and the rank look of a man just out of bed. Dirty
was alone in the bedroom. It was a huge room lighted by a multitude of ceiling
lamps. She wandered around, walking straight ahead, as though she would
She didn't understand why she had done it, but after a while a series of
thunderclaps had jolted her. She had gotten up and, leaving the church, set out at
a run beneath the downpour. She had taken shelter in an archway. She was
hatless and wet. There was a young boy wearing a cap in the archway, a very
young boy. He wanted to joke with her. In her despair, she was incapable of
laughing. She had drawn close and kissed him. She had felt him; he had
responded by feeling her.
She got up with difficulty, grasping one of my hands. She kissed my nakedness.
Earth had stuck to the fur of my legs; she started scratching it off. She clung to me.
She made teasing, sly gestures of extravagant indecency. At first she made me
fall down. I had a hard time getting back up. I helped her to her feet. I helped her
put her clothes back on, but it was difficult, with our bodies and clothes so earthy.
We were as excited by earth as by naked flesh; no sooner was Dorothea's cleft 1
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
A nihilist novel by Georges Bataille, Blue of Noon, is set during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of Nazi movement. The protagonist, Henri Timmermann is a sick man (physically and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - amerynth - LibraryThing
While I didn't actually hate Georges Bataille's "Blue of Noon," I really didn't get it either. This supposed to be a novel that used eroticism to show how sex, violence and power is intertwined and ... Read full review