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 folded it double and amused myself by shaking it at women as though I were
about to strike them. It was dark. I no longer saw anything, no longer understood.
If the women who went by were with men, they pretended not to notice anything.
I foresaw something empty and dark, something unfriendly, huge — something
that was no longer me. The doctors appeared. I did not emerge from my
prostration. They could listen and poke all they wanted. All I had left to do was
endure pain, ...
My eyes were no longer lost among the stars that were shining above me actually
, but in the blue of the noon sky. I shut them so as to lose myself in that bright
blueness. From it, fat black insects spouted forth in buzzing swarms: just as, next
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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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