L'azzurro del cielo
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L'azzurro del cielo fu scritto da Bataille nel 1935, ma pubblicato solo nel 1957 perché ritenuto dall'autore troppo limitatamente personale. Hitler era arrivato al potere in Germania, ma Georges Bataille era convinto che un suo privato tormento fosse «all'origine delle mostruose anomalie de L'azzurro del cielo». Eppure l'amore di Henry e Dirty - i due protagonisti - che si...more
Paperback, L'Arcipelago Einaudi, 150 pages
Published 2008 by Einaudi (first published 1957)
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Dhanaraj Rajan
May be three and half stars.

The rating here is very subjective. If, for instance, a person with the sufficient knowledge of the pre-war Europe along with its political turmoils and its popular philosophical ideologies, might end up liking it much better. And he/she might rate it highly.

Of course, I too did some extra reading. Searched for some of the definitions and features of Fascism, Spanish Civil War, the assassination of Dollfuss, etc. The reason for the extra reading: The novel is situated...more
Lily
I've read this book three weeks ago in scarce hours, but its female characters still haunt my mind - Lazare, Dirty. The book strongly reminded me of all the fiction I have read by Henry Miller, but it is far more elegant. The text is definetely kindred, my-poetry-like with this natural and bright promiscuity. Book includes several descriptions of somebody's or author's dreams. Intimate and not at all political, there's nothing radical in this book but its historical context barely dimly seen. Ac...more
aparnica
Numerous reviews, interpretations and film adaptations of Bataille's fiction experience his writing as something akin to an epiphany assisted through an aphrodisiac and in extreme cases as an ideological enhancer. A wise friend once remarked that Bataille was strong medicine -to be administered with caution; perhaps within the context of his sometimes contradictory, philosophically informed oeuvre. In other words, Le Bleu du Ciel impels a return upon the author’s avowal in the 1957 Foreword to t...more
Tim Pendry
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James Munt
Le Bleu du Ciel largely departs from the crazed erotic surrealism of his first novella Histoire de l'oeil. There's a more fleshed out plot, though it meanders a lot, and protagonist, despicable though he might be. The book (what a great title, by the way) sets Tropmann, a sexist, melancholic Frenchman who happens to be a necrophiliac in the context of the nascent Second World War. He relishes the prospect of the burgeoning war, not in the hope of a revolution, as he tells the Marxist Lazarre, bu...more
Matthieu
Histoire de l'oeil was quite a bit better; this one dragged on a bit. The last 35 pages or so, however, were sublime. Poor Xenie.
Jesse
Went searching for a Bataille novel at my local library and this was the only one currently available; in retrospect, it probably wasn't a great place to start. The style and structure is fascinating--poetic, elliptical, potent, sometimes (often?) disturbing--but I could never muster up much interest in the subject matter, which is less about sexual politics (as Bataille is famous for) and more about the perils of fascism (though this often extends to sex in Bataille's vision). I've not given up...more
Pierre E. Loignon
Bataille, c'est l'obsession de l'érotisme et de la transgression dans un horizon de médiocrité, de petitesse et d'aigreur.
Comme il l'écrivait dans l'avant-propos à L'expérience intérieure:

«N'importe qui, sournoisement, voulant éviter de souffrir se confond avec le tout de l'univers, juge de chaque chose comme s'il l'était, de la même façon qu'il imagine au fond, ne jamais mourir. Ces illusions nuageuses, nous les recevons avec la vie comme un narcotique nécessaire à la supporter. Mais qu'en es...more
Tait
Compared to his "The Story of the Eye," Bataille's later work is a much more maturely fleshed out story, if not as directly shocking. There is only one actual sex scene, and that near the end of the book, but much more physical sicknesses and subtle perversions relating to control. As this story hinges around the advent of the First World War Bataille's relentless metaphors all describe war-like imagery and relationships of violence and power. I am particularly fond of Sartre's description of th...more
Tosh
The nature of hot sex and fascism via the eyes of the one and only Georges Bataille. Now here's a man who knew how to have a good time. One cannot seperate the politics from the sex. Is lust an individual desire or part of the whole picture?
Amerynth
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 that message really never came together for me.

The narrator is Henri Troppmann, who lives life to excess when it comes to alcohol and the debauched women who flit in and out of this life. Each woman is also on the decline for her own reasons. Henri is terrified of death and the novel is set against a...more
Kasia
Death, sex and despair - that's what Bataille deals in, and Blue of Noon is no exception. The narrative follows Troppman, a deviant drunk who struggles to decide whether or not he should lead a productive, respectable life, or embrace decadence in all its depraved ugliness. Not that he suppresses much of his twisted desires to start with; right from the beginning there are the consciousness altering substances, the prostitutes, the violence. Troppman enjoys his savage lack of inhibitions and enj...more
Vittorio Ducoli
L'azzurro del cielo si scorge solo nelle ultime pagine (ma è molto simile al nero della notte)

L'azzurro del cielo è una cupa storia d'amore che si svolge nel 1934 tra Vienna, Parigi, Barcellona e la Germania. In quell'Europa scossa dai presagi della catastrofe Henry e Dirty si amano e vivono in prima persona l'atmosfera che segue l'assassinio di Dollfuss, i prodromi della guerra civile spagnola, l'ascesa al potere assoluto del nazismo. Tuttavia il libro, almeno nella prima parte, non decolla, e...more
Jonathan Norton
"Personally, I could no longer tell whether I was supposed to feel anxious or start laughing." That pretty much sums up my feelings about what I read of Bataille over the years, though boredom occurs more often than anxiety. A writer more interesting as a reference point for other interesting artists (Francis Bacon, for example) than as a thing in himself. In this short work, Henri Tropmann and his crew of equally joyless alcoholic burn-outs crash around mid-30s Europe, blearily perceiving the g...more
Lisa
My friend told me about all the attention she got from older men while reading Bataille on the Paris Subway. I wonder if it will provoke the same kind of reaction in NY?

No one seemed to notice the book, despite it's erotic cover (not the same you see on the picture here). I am probably lucky they didn't.

I picked up Blue of Noon because I was interested in the way Bataille supposedly wrote about sex as a subversive force. I say supposedly because I don't think he did. Sex to Bataille is certainly...more
M.
Third reading, I believe. Boyfriend bought it and read it and was underwhelmed so I, of course, stepped up to the plate to re-read it so I could argue with him. I still think it's fantastic, and a great example of meting the problems of theory within a fictional narrative construct. The ending is sublime, and the weird intersect that insists upon inserting Simone Weil into the narrative fascinating.
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I like this more fitting with the context of Dirty and Inner E...more
Cally
What a train-wreck of a protagonist. There is either something very wrong with me or there is something very insidiously clever in Bataille's writing that I found myself identifying with this horrible, cruel, self-destructive man at a few points. Of course that generated no small amount of self-loathing. Mostly though I was just a horrified spectator to the extremely (self-)destructive choices that he couldn't help making.

I read this in French, and the language was quite quotidian, if I could us...more
Nathaniel
Bataille: Blue of Noon

(This review includes a cautionary spoiler that does not divulge the ending or ruin the narrative tension.)

Nothing is flattered in “Blue of Noon.” The backdrop of Europe’s march towards jingoism and war seems to be offered as cover fire for the unrepentant mess of Bataille’s frivolous, cruel and debauched characters. The various women on whom the parasitic narrator feeds are at different stages of their own personal decomposition, up to and including his own dead mother. Ye...more
Danya
Just re -read this with a friend .. but we made it fun by reading it to each other in bed ( best way to read ) . It made me remember why I loved this loathsome man . One of Bataille's favorite words used to describe himself is wretched . This book is filled with wretched people and outlandish acts , but that is what makes it so wonderful . A truly subversive mix of people with vulgar habits, yet you still want to keep turning every page to read more . That is Batailee's "wretched" gift .
Kristel
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 emotionally). This book is thankfully short, it is so horrible and not enjoyable in any sense of the word. The author has tried and achieved to include every human excretion and depravity in this novella. There are three women, Lazare--a political activist, Dirty--an alcoholic and Xenia--a young woman who nur...more
Philip Lane
Well written but the subject matter is not entirely to my liking. It reminds me of a Melina Mercouri quote from Phaedre. When asked what a song is about she says 'love and death like all Greek songs'. This book is about sex and death and occasionally a combination of both. Bataille does incorporate sexual scenes quite tastefully but it is pretty high on the agenda. The action moves from Paris to Barcelona and ends up in Nazi Germany. The blue of noon is a sensual image of a clear summer sky but...more
leonel
My novela favorita de Georges Bataille. Esta novela de escritura fracturada y trémula constituye una erosión de los sistemas instaurados en nuestra sociedad y en nuestra idea de la vida y que a su vez condicionan nuestro comportamiento y percepcion. Pero aun mas, dibuja el desprendimiento desgarrador del deseo de acatar “el orden sin el cual en cambio no se podría vivir”. una embriagues de vida, de consumir la vida sin ninguna reserva y con el arrojo que solo poseen los que llegan a la vida adul...more
Destiny Dawn Long
When I started the book, I didn't think that I'd enjoy it at all. However, it did get to be more interesting as it stopped being all shock and more introspective. I'm not really sure what to make of the way that Bataille sets his debauchery against the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Hitler... I feel like there's some commentary being made, but I can't quite grasp it. So, while there were moments where I found the writing interesting, in the end I was left feeling empty of much...more
Andrew
This is probably the least pornographic Bataille book I've read. Which means the kinky sex isn't constant, merely occasional.

When I read L'Histoire de l'Oeil, I was an acid-dropping 19 year old, and extremely receptive to all things transgressive and French. I was somewhat afraid that an older, soberer self would be unimpressed by Bataille. But, if anything, he's become more powerful. The Blue of Noon is a fairly remarkable, fairly funny novel about everything and nothing. And the ending... oh m...more
Robert
I love this weak,neurotic man who flirts with madness and women--the drunken, liberated beauty; the serious unattractive Jewish political radical; the blonde picked up at a restaurant who brings her kind attention if not love to the pneumoniatic deathbed. Bourgeois lunacy and narcissism meet the stirrings of revolution and the Spanish civil war.
Madelyn
I absolutely love the protagonist's response to the intellectual bourgeoisie's love of communism - what the fuck do they know about the worker? Though in the end I suppose I'm much more conflicted... Anywho, beyond that, I found the protagonist very difficult - what was his problem? A quick read, a little bit sexy, quite a bit frustrating.
Charles Stahl
This book paints an exceedingly ugly portrait of a man who lives life at the extremes of excess. Along the way he has dysfunctional relationships with several women, one of which, Dorothea, whom he calls, affectionately, Dirty, lives as much on the edge as he. The book is full of disturbing images, thoughts of death, and despair.
Rupert
My review is tempered by a second reading of it. Liked it a lot the first time and then the second reading kind of left me languid. I think it's best appreciated with a rough hangover or maybe a high fever. But there are still glistening gems of subversive glory. But also just plain sad moments of mother there's a load in my pants.
Nikky
Moments of brilliance.
Jason
Less disgusting than The Eye, but Bataille's measured is still more Maldoror than most. I'd still say it was worthwhile. It really hinged on one scene for me--the Jungen band scene near the end was, upon consideration, more horrifying, more darkly absurd than anything else in the book.
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French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental...more
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