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 I felt contempt for a woman , a prostitute for instance , everything went fine . But Dirty made me want to grovel at her feet . I respected her too much , and I respected her precisely because she was irredeemably debauched .
I had one experience a night in an apartment where an elderly woman had just died . She was on her bed , just like any other woman , between two candles , her arms resting alongside the body ( but with the hands left unclasped ) .
I wasn't after women , but at night the barrio chino was the only way of killing time for three hours . ... As I entered , a woman on the verge of deformity a blonde woman with a face like a bulldog's – was performing on a small stage .
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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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