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 took the cord used for drawing the curtains and wrapped it around my neck . It
seemed sturdy . I got up on a chair , I fastened the rope , and then I started
wanting to know how it would feel . I didn't know whether or not I would change
my mind ...
She seemed happy , in fact , out of her mind with joy ; out of her mind with anxiety
, too . In her agitation , she knelt down by my bed and kissed me on the forehead .
I put my hand underneath her skirt , between her legs . I felt no less exhausted ...
She scarcely budged ; but it was with a spasm , after a few interminable seconds ,
that she gave in , let herself go , and her body slumped limply down . My mind
wandered . I thought to myself : she's revolting - now's the time to go all the way .
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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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