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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On my return, I was incapable of keeping up a presentable attitude at any length.
I spent as much time as I could with the 'bird of ill omen'. However, I sometimes
succumbed to fits of annoyance in her company. This disturbed her. One day she
'Last night,' Edith wrote, 'I had a dream that seemed never to end. It left me feeling
unbearably oppressed. I'm telling you about it because I'm afraid to keep it to
myself. 'We were together with a few friends, and someone said that if you went ...
To a greater or lesser extent, everyone depends on stories, on novels, to discover
the manifold truth of life. Only such stories, read sometimes in a trance, have the
power to confront a person with his fate. This is why we must keep passionately ...
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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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