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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... wild state of mind whenever I had wanted to tempt fate, and I recalled the irony
and courage I had shown; and, of all that, the one thing left was the feeling that I
was some kind of idiot, extremely touching perhaps, but in any case ludicrous.
... knowing that the hail is bound to fall 'And then, as the moment approaches,
standing in front of his harvest, he draws himself erect and, as I now am doing' —
with no transition, this ludicrous, laughable character became noble: that frail
Michel seemed ludicrous to me at this point, and what was happening 'up there'
even more so. 'They're planning a surprise attack, with about fifty men - real
gunslingers, you know the type. It's no joke. Lazare wants to raid the prison.' '
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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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