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 walked over to the door, pale and sick, my face smeared with blood; I was
hiccupping and on the point of vomiting. In terror the servants saw that water was
trickling across the chair and down the legs of their beautiful 9 INTRODUCTION.
I walked over to the open window. The streets were full of people. You could
sense that the day had been one of broiling sun. There was more coolness
outside than in my room. I had to go out. I slipped on a shirt and jacket, laced up
my shoes ...
After I had walked past him, I abrupdy turned round; he was staring at me harder
than ever. I tried imagining what his life was like. There was something irrefutable
about that life. I myself might turn into a beggar. In any case, he was one; ...
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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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