Blue of Noon
Penguin UK, 2015 M05 7 - 128 páginas
Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, Blue of Noon is a blackly compelling account of depravity and violence. As its narrator lurches despairingly from city to city in a surreal sexual and mental nightmare of squalor, sadism and drunken encounters, his internal collapse mirrors the fighting and marching on the streets outside. Exploring the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization, this is a novel torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the monstrous glamour of its terrible victors, and is one of the twentieth century's great nihilist works.
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Yet, much like Troppmann, the disaffected narrator of Blue of Noon, the
passageof these awful events, that inexorably lead toa sense of crushing,
historical imminence, is none the less accompanied in the reader byacurious
is throughout the action ofthe noveleitherdrunk, ill or dreaming. When he
isnotheis subject to eithera profound and grating senseof alienation, or one of
ennui. Set against such grinding and inexorably negative experiential states,
Troppmann's spiritual, emotional and sexual degradation in amore disorienting –
and hence more beguiling – fashion. It would be possible to reject this text were it
tooperate with the crudity ofthe actions it portrays– butitdoes not. Rather, it sets ...
Troppmann's relationships have the woodenness born of completelack ofaffect.
His wife–we are told–is in Brightonwith theirchildren, and throughout the
narrative sheremains aninvocation of domesticity, of normality, thatis forever
most terrifying– andthus stultifying –passages ofBlue of Noonoccurs when
Troppmann encounters Monsieur Melou, Lazare's stepfather. Melou so perfectly
encapsulates Troppmann's hatred ofsocialistic hotair (which, rightlyor wrongly, ...
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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