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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My telling it to a girl like her (she was condemned by ugliness to a stern stoicism
and could only endure life ludicrously) was so impudent that it made me
ashamed. ... I explained to her, “I'll tell you why everything turned out so badly.
Tell me . . .” 'She had died earlier in the day. I slept at her place, with Edith." 'Your
wife?' 'My wife. I cried and cried, shouting all the time. I . . . During the night, I was
lying next to Edith – she was asleep –' Once again I felt too weak to talk.
And then I have to tell a certain man that war has broken out. I pay him a visit.
Evidently he isn't expecting it; he turns pale.' 'And?' 'That's all." I asked her, 'What
made you think about the war?' 'I don't know. Will you be frightened if there's a
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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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