Blue of Noon
Penguin, 2001 - 128 páginas
One of the twentieth century's great nihilist novels, Blue of Noon is a blackly compelling account of depravity and terror that retains all its shocking power today. Set in pre-war Europe, its narrator lurches despairingly from city to city in a surreal sexual and mental nightmare of squalor, sadism and drunken encounters - his journey into madness mirroring the fighting and marching on the streets outside. Confronting Fascism, the novel is torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the violent glamour of its terrible victors. One of the most brilliant intellects and influential French writers of his time, Bataille's unflinching exploration of the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization defies all our expectations.
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The maid vanished; Dirty, now staggering, went and sat on a chair. With great
difficulty she managed to set down a bottle and a glass on the floor beside her.
Her eyes were growing heavy. Her eyes tried to find me. I was no longer there.
Dirty remained mutely perched on the chair. There was a long silence: you could
have heard our hearts inside their bodies. I walked over to the door, pale and sick
, my face smeared with blood; I was hiccupping and on the point of vomiting.
I got up on a chair, I fastened the rope, and then I started wanting to know how it
would feel. I didn't know whether or not I would change my mind once I kicked
over the chair. But I untied the rope and got down from the chair. I fell on the
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - 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 ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - 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 ... Leer comentario completo
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