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The Fascination of Evil

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Un jeune écrivain est invité par l'ambassade de France au Caire pour donner une conférence. Une proposition qui prend une autre dimension à la lecture des lettres égyptiennes de Flaubert : "J'ai baisé des filles de Nubie qui avaient des colliers de piastres d'or leur descendant jusque sur les cuisses, et qui portaient sur leur ventre noir des ceintures de perles de couleur ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published by Pushkin Paper (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ana
There are some books out there that don't make an impression on me, at all. This was one of them.

I take pride in the fact that I can remember 99% of the books I read: the story, the author's name (or half of it, or just the initials, but I've made my point), characters, random info about these characters. Put shortly, I know what I read.

A couple of days after I finished this book, I could only remember the fact that one of the characters had a problem with whores. The rest? It was the dead kin
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WaterstonesBirmingham
Jul 01, 2016 WaterstonesBirmingham rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Zeller is a smash hit in his native France, that much is clear. He is often described in the same
breath (and column inches) as Michel Houellebecq; and, whilst it is true that the two are not
dissimilar in theme and style, to think of Zeller as merely a follower in the Swiss stalwarts
footsteps is to deny him his due.

I have read a number of Zeller's novels (in translation) beginning with his excellent examination
of love and relationships "Lovers, or something like it" which I found compelling, a
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Miroslav Rakovic
Jan 23, 2016 Miroslav Rakovic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2_star
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Annie Chuiton
Jul 30, 2014 Annie Chuiton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ce livre est une fiction : la plupart de ce qui est dit est faux ; le reste, par définition, ne l'est pas non plus."

"À quoi servent les ceintures de sécurité dans un avion qui s'écrase ?"

"Nous nous sommes aimés, je le crois du moins..."

"J'ai remué les cendres de son corps avec le froid de son absence."

"Les maudits du XIXe siècle l'étaient par l'ombre et le silence. Ceux d'aujourd'hui le seraient-ils par la lumière et le bruit ?"

"Lâcheté de l'aumône : oui, on donne deux deux pièces et on passe s
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Kaj Peters
Gewaagde ideeënroman over westerse literatuur tegenover religieuze krachten die de vrije verbeelding proberen in te dammen.

Twee schrijvers moeten in Caïro een lezing geven over hun visie op wat literatuur is, maar zij zijn voornamelijk op zoek naar een Egyptische hoer om seksuele frustraties op bot te vieren. Die odyssee naar seksuele verlossing leidt langs een vruchteloos pad van botsende seksuele moraal en wederzijds onbegrip. Saoedi's zwaaien met meer geld om onder de aandacht te komen en we
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Mentat
Apr 14, 2016 Mentat rated it liked it
quite interesting and very much reminiscent of Houllebecq. flashes of prophetic insight and some well developed insights into the fluidity of reality and its elusiveness. lacks structure and narrative coherence though.
Isabelle
Dec 16, 2007 Isabelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
A very short book that I did not like all that much at first. It felt like a pretty commonplace account of a trip to Egypt, with 2 equally unlikeable protagonists: 2 writers sent to Cairo for a conference on literature. You always feel on the edge of intolerance as the story is laced with negative comments on the Kuran, women etc... Up until the very end, I did not think much of the book. However, the end is very creative and disturbing. I ended up reconsidering my whole take on the narrator tha ...more
Simon Bate
Apr 25, 2016 Simon Bate rated it really liked it
A good quick read....can Martin get a shag in Cairo?
Annie Chuiton
Dec 25, 2015 Annie Chuiton rated it really liked it
"Ce livre est une fiction : la plupart de ce qui est dit est faux ; le reste, par définition, ne l'est pas non plus."

"À quoi servent les ceintures de sécurité dans un avion qui s'écrase ?"

"Nous nous sommes aimés, je le crois du moins..."

"J'ai remué les cendres de son corps avec le froid de son absence."

"Les maudits du XIXe siècle l'étaient par l'ombre et le silence. Ceux d'aujourd'hui le seraient-ils par la lumière et le bruit ?"

"Lâcheté de l'aumône : oui, on donne deux deux pièces et on passe s
...more
Christian Richter
Nov 26, 2007 Christian Richter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
... désolé, j'ai vraiment eu du mal à lire ce livre.

Une histoire commune avec des propros très bas et généralistes. Quelques
allussions à certaines idées phares de grands Classiques pour se terminer dans une espèce de vengance, ou de justification encore plus légère pour ces a prioris dits.

Aucun interet à mon sens, malheureux pour la litterature contemporaine.
YB
Sep 04, 2013 YB rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, french, egypt
Wonderful book! Sexually frustrated version of Flaubert's novels (which the writer alluded to constantly) mixed with a bit of politically incorrect ideas on islam.
I was expecting (based on the back cover) that one of the protagonist to go on a rampage through Cairo and its brothels but none of them did.
The ending was superb and disturbing in a way. Loved it!
Jim Coughenour
Jul 17, 2007 Jim Coughenour rated it really liked it
Shelves: greatfiction
A short novel, very French — about a young writer's unsettling adventures at a book reading in Cairo. On another level, a reflection on the relationship between authorial freedom and religious fanaticism. Quiet & chilling.

Linjea
Mar 01, 2008 Linjea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In twee dagen uitgelezen. Past helemaal in deze tijd. Een mooi pamflet tegen de schending op recht op vrije meningsuiting en de gevolgen voor de literatuur als kunstvorm als die vrijheid wordt afgenomen.
Shadibiglarzadeh
MA première chronique de journaliste sur ce livre, ma première interview...et il a obtenu le prix Interallié en 2004...
Sandrine
Jun 27, 2007 Sandrine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English version: "The Fascination of Evil"
Trent
Mar 10, 2011 Trent rated it really liked it
Grade: A- ...highly recommended...
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Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, including English. He won the Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel "Fascination of Evil" ("La Fascination du Pire").
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