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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When you got up on the window sill I was afraid of death . Thinking of that empty window - I was terribly afraid . You , then me : two people dead , and the room empty ... ' ' Wait - if you like , I'll go shut the window .
A tormented shadow abruptly fell out of the sunny sky , shaking and snapping in the window frame . Shrinking and trembling I withdrew inside myself . It was a long rug tossed down from the floor above . For one brief moment I trembled ...
I went to the window . I saw people armed with rifles shouting and running under the trees on the Ramblas , which that night were dimly lighted . The firing was coming not from the Ramblas but from adjacent streets .
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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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