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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Lazare finally answered (I could barely hear her), 'No matter what happens, we
must not abandon the downtrodden.' I thought, she's a Christian. Why, of course!
And I've actually come here ... I was beside myself; I was outraged with shame.
She finally used a bathtowel to mop up the rug, which was drenched with cafe au
lait. I told her to call the maid and have her bring another breakfast. She didn't
answer; she didn't look up. I realized that she was incapable of asking the maid
Michel kept me waiting. He kept me waiting for ages. I finally began hoping he
wouldn't appear. No sooner had my car stopped in front of the designated
building than I felt certain of having to confront Lazare. I thought: Michel may
loathe me, ...
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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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