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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Afterwards, everything would disappear, even the pain; the pain then in me was
what remained of a turbulent life. I foresaw something empty and dark, something
unfriendly, huge — something that was no longer me. The doctors appeared.
6 I was like a dog straining at the leash. I saw nothing. Confined by time, by the
moment, by the throbbing of my blood, I felt the pain of a man who has been tied
up to be killed and is trying to burst his bonds. I expected no further happiness.
'Was it the train ride that made you sick?' 'No. I've been sick for a month, the jolts
only hurt. I was in pain, in great pain, all through the night. But — ' She took my
head in both hands and looked away as she told me, "The pain made me happy.
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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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