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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I was next to her ( my hand was still bandaged from being cut by a broken glass )
. Dirty that day was wearing a sumptuous evening gown ( I was unshaven and
unkempt ) . As she stretched her long legs , she went into a violent convulsion .
enunciating so well , while his large hands rose up to underscore his sentences .
I gathered that he had acquiesced in ... to an inescapable and fruitless death ? '
For a few moments he remained silent , staring at the tip of his raised hand .
She drew my hand to her and kissed it at length . She caught me by surprise . I
didn ' t know what to say . I tried to laugh as I told her ( I was speaking very faintly
, the way sick people do – my throat was sore ) , ' Why are you kissing my hand ?
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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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