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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,245 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Voilà un coin de campagne où l'on a de drôles de façons... La foire aux vieux, par exemple. Curieuse institution ! On sait bien aussi que tous les enfants peuvent voler comme des oiseaux dès qu'ils étendent leurs bras - mais est-ce une raison suffisante pour les enfermer derrière des murs de plus en plus hauts, de plus en plus clos ? Le psychiatre Jacquemort se le demande ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Le Livre de Poche, 256 pages
Published 1972 (first published 1953)
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MJ Nicholls
The final novel from Boris Vian—sort of a Queneau for Coltrane enthusiasts—is a bleak and harrowing tale of a mother who loves her children too much.

Well, that’s the rub. There’s also the David Lynch village, unnamed, where unfeeling psychiatrist Timortis wanders into the Old Folks Fair, where OAPs are sold to the highest bidder. He meets the Glory Hallelujah—a man paid in gold to absolve the village’s shame by fishing corpses and fish heads from the local river with his teeth, leaving the resi
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Mariel
Jan 12, 2012 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the international panty snatcher
Recommended to Mariel by: alligator tears
Boris Vian apparently died while attending the premiere of the film version of I Spit on Your Grave. The story goes that the cause of death, rather the cause of the cause of death, which was a heart attack, was 'cause the film wasn't any good. I don't know about anyone else but if I had my expectations so lowered I might say to myself, "Well, it wasn't that bad." Maybe my not dying would raise the expectations of another goodreader and then they would die. "It won't kill me! I already left my br ...more
knig
An absolutely wicked and delicious concoction of magic realism crenulated with a Daliesque purpose of the grotesque: a collage of taboo, Levitic-ean prototype, a coronet of (greek) mythological misdirection and a nexus of all encompassing neuroses are shaken, and stirred, into an ironic indictment of petty foibles.

What, what? Well, hear ye. Timortis, a ‘psychoanalyzator’ is born (again) into an anonymous French village where he is witness to a parade of grotesque daily exhibits.

Each one an exqu
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Nathanimal
Why, oh why did I let you sit on my shelf so long, little Heartsnatcher?

At first Vian seems like he's just goofing off. He's writing a novel as one tries on a costume and prances around in it. Behold my costume, don't I look fine in it? (Wink.) Aren't you fooled? (Nudge.) Let's see a novel has, what? Characters. No problem. Here's a new mother with a gun under her pillow. And here's a vicar who could've been in the Sex Pistols, if there were such a band as the Sex Pistols when I wrote this. And
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Manny
People sometimes say they love you, but then you discover that what they really mean is that they want something from you. Just about every woman I know has met the guy who says he loves her, but actually wants sex. I guess that's the example you think of first. But there are plenty more.

I saw the movie of Coraline yesterday, and it reminded me of this book. Coraline has her real mother, who loves her, but is very bad at showing it. And then she also has her Other Mother, who wants... well, if y
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Jonathan
So, there are enough reviews already out there dealing with plot and themes and all that jazz, so I will simply say I dug it, daddio.

However, what I did not expect was the Wakean wordplay (which leaped out at me due to my current FW reading), and the quality of the translation which achieved that rare ability of seeming as though it was an original text. What do I mean? Well, howzabout this:

"Sections of the Babylonian garden hung far over the cliff, and certain species of plants clung to the
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Nate D
Jun 14, 2014 Nate D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Empty psychiatrists in search of a case study
Recommended to Nate D by: knig
Here's a somewhat bizarre and unexpected emergence from the early 50s -- not exactly surrealism, not the oulipo despite Queneau's forward, perhaps more of a presage of the kinds of wild and unclassifiable oddities that would emerge in greater force in the late 60s and 70s (which Vian didn't live to see, sadly). Someone else pointed to Vian's jazz background in their review (MJ? Jonathan? Knig? Either way, they've all written excellent reviews), and it makes sense: in the beginning theirs a sense ...more
Diana
"Сърца за изтръгване" е много странна, абсурдна, трудна за възприемане, но силно въздействаща. Книга-сън, книга-бълнуване, книга-видение, която се случва в неопределено село и в неопределено време - 59-ти янрил, 73-ти феврюин, 107-ми апруст, 348-ми юлиември.

Виан е нарисувал с думи много красиви, изящни, цветни и почти нереални късчета природата и ги е вместил между разтърсващо натуралистичните описания на мутиралите и изродени навици и възприятия на местните хора. Жакмор (млад на години, но роде
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Hadrian
This is one of those books that's so sad that it becomes hilarious (or is it hilarious because it conceals a deep sadness?). The little village in Heartsnatcher is full of follies so absurd and exaggerated that they become real.

I've known a few mothers like Clementine. Smother a thing with so much love that you suffocate it.
Кремена Михайлова
Ето защо била толкова харесвана тази книга! Макар че има голям парадокс – съдържанието, прието буквално, изобщо не е за харесване… Няколко пъти се чудех защо ми напомня на Салман Рудши и се оказа, че не е само заради понятието „срам“, а и заради безкомпромисното достигане на границите на търпимостта до (и извън) предела.

Не зная доколко понятието „сюрреализъм“ е уместно за литературата, досега в изобразителното изкуство съм го възприемала като експериментиране, едва ли не забавление на творците;
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Tosh
"Heartsnatcher" was Boris Vian's last novel and it has a sadness attached to it. Here Vian goes after the "family unit" with great hysterical results. And again it's his genius to match the moods into a crazy narrative. Vian is like a great bartender, who knows how to mix if not the perfect drink, then at the very least a cocktail that you will never forget.
Lavinia
This book is horrible! Between the horse crucifixion, nailing horseshoes to small children, selling old people to the market, exploiting kids to do horrible jobs until their death, everything is full of a terrible sadness. And the Jesus-like boat-man that takes over all the sins and shameful acts of the villagers is just too much to swallow! The over-protective mother that ends up by locking her children in cages, after cutting them all degrees of freedom. The book can be read in so many ways th ...more
Beka Sukhitashvili
წიგნი, რომელიც უამრავნაირად შეიძლება წაიკითხო. ერთადერთი ცხადი გრძნობა რომელიც დაგეუფლება, სასოწარმკვეთი მწუხარებაა.
სოფელი, სადაც ადამიანები მოხუცების ბაზრობაზე დადიან და ყიდიან მათ; მღვდელი ანბიონიდან ქადაგებს, სმენით კი ვერაფერს იგებენ; ულაყს, რომელსაც ჯვარს აცვამენ; დაძონძილ მენავეს კი წითელი ნაკადულიდან ლეში ამოაქვს კბილებით... ბავშვები მალე ფრენას შეწყვეტენ და გალიაში ჩაიკეტებიან.
ეს ყველაფერი ვიანის "გაფსიქოანალიზების" შედეგად მოხდება თქვენს არაცნობიერში. რაღაცას გაიგებთ, რაღაცას ვერა. თუმც
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Amy
bizarre.

I think it's better not to try and explain this novel at all...all I'll say is that it seems to be dealing with the concept of guilt, but mostly what one will remember is the Old Folks' Fair (auction of old people for buyers' personal abuse), Glory Hallelujah who takes upon himself all of the shame of the villagers in exchange for gold that he is not permitted to spend, blue slugs that make you fly, and psychoanalysis equalling doggy-style sex.

very funny. very weird. Even Vian's life is
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Galina
Да напиша каквото и да е за този роман на Виан значи да редя клише до клишето.
Има книги, които е добре да прочетеш, да мислиш за тях и да мълчиш.
Тази е от тях.

И толкова.
Кремена Михайлова
Ето защо била толкова харесвана тази книга! Макар че има голям парадокс – съдържанието, прието буквално, изобщо не е за харесване… Няколко пъти се чудех защо ми напомня на Салман Рудши и се оказа, че не е само заради понятието „срам“, а и заради безкомпромисното достигане на границите на търпимостта до (и извън) предела.

Не зная доколко понятието „сюрреализъм“ е уместно за литературата, досега в изобразителното изкуство съм го възприемала като експериментиране, едва ли не забавление на творците;
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Stephen
Sep 15, 2008 Stephen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Stephen by: nobody
In "Heartsnatcher," Boris Vian put the Western world on the couch for an examination and decided the best solution was to hide from it.

Like many writers, Vian had no particular claim to the title of social psychoanalyst other than the frequent contemplation of his navel, which he found time to do in between stints as an actor, jazz trumpeter, engineer and mechanic.

This French scribe, of little import beyond his native nation's borders, was part of a post-World War II Parisian ebullience spring
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Силвена
".. Светът това са те.
- Не, не, вие бъркате. Вие искате да бъдете техният свят! И в този смисъл разбирането ви е унищожително."

"Сигурно беше прекрасно всички да са така заедно и да има някой, който да те гушка, в мъничка топла и пълна с любов клетка."
Томи Цолов
Много силна книга. Много повече ми хареса от Пяната на дните. Много по-разбираема, с много по-ясна символика. Лесно се чете и човек може да намери много скрити смисли. Противоположностите в историята контрастират по много интересен начин. Насилието в селото, насилието в къщата. Децата в селото, децата в къщата. Не разбрах ролята на религията много добре и на фона на основната история ми се струваше някак не на място, ако това изобщо може да се каже за такава книга. Макар, че частите й, героите й ...more
Arax Miltiadous
Jan 16, 2013 Arax Miltiadous rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arax by: ανιλ
Χίλια μπράβο στην μεταφράστρια , 34 χρόνια μετά και η δουλειά της ΕΙΝΑΙ αναντικατάστατη μα και απαράμιλλη άποψης περιγραφών και λεξιλογίου... Δύσκολο βιβλίο πολύ.. Σουρεαλιστικό όνειρο? εφιάλτης? Είσαι εκεί πάντως με τον Μακαβριωάννη και ζεις τα έσχατα και τον παραλογισμό σαν άλλος Γιοζεφ Κ. από την Δίκη του Κάφκα.
Αμφιβάλλω αν θα ξαναγραφτεί ανάλογο βιβλίο ξανά και αν κάποιος το διαβάσει και έχει βρει κάτι ανάλογο που μου διαφεύγει παρακαλώ... ας με διαφωτίσει.
Ξεπερνά ΟΛΑ τα όρια, ακόμη και τα
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Erin Johnson
This is truly one of the best books that I have ever read. It isn't an easy read yet somehow, you find yourself enjoying it. I'm not sure how anyone could classify this book into a certain genre. At times, I feel as though it's a mystery novel, maybe a comedy or even a romance. Its strange how Vian can portray so many different genres into one book. On the other hand, be prepared to think deeply as you read this one.
María I.
Los inolvidables personajes de Joël y Citroën fueron creados por Boris Vian a la medida del estremecedor delirio al que él cree que suelen conducir por un lado la dominación materna y, por el otro, el inevitable conflicto entre la vida autónoma, secreta de la infancia y la tiranía de la familia y la presión social. También se sirve del siniestro Jacquemort, un psicoanalista en busca de pacientes, para satirizar tanto el enloquecido mundo de los llamados cuerdos como el psicoanálisis y el comport ...more
Sam
I love this book. It is surreal, interesting, and I always find something new that I neglected the previous times I've read it. I think I've finished it three times now. It was one of my favorite Dalkey books I read while I worked there. Also, I designed the cover (though, not one of my best ones in my opinion).
Жор
Виан е сред много малкото писатели (и първият такъв от дълго време насам), чиято библиография искам да прочета, да събера и да ѝ отделя специално място в библиотеката си. И не ми се пише за него. Чете ми се!
Ondřej Puczok
Třetí a myslím, že i mnou poslední přečtený Vian. Začal jsem zajímavou Pěnou, prošel skrz podivuhodnou Motolici a skončil Srdcerváčem. Kniha je to zajímavá, je tam mnoho podivuhodných a jak je u Viana známé i absurdních a paradoxních částí - potud dobré. Jenže hlavní děj se podivuhodně motá, tu odkáže na jeden motiv, tu vytáhne druhý, ale na konci žádný pořádně nerozvede a nedokončí. Proč? Jak? Co? Jsou normální otázky, které si člověk během čtení klade, u Viana je asi nutné je trošku ignorovat, ...more
Anne Claire
Anniversaire 26 ans - Par Laurent
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Voil�� un coin de campagne o�� l'on a de dr��les de fa��ons... La foire aux vieux, par exemple. Curieuse institution ! On sait bien aussi que tous les enfants peuvent voler comme des oiseaux d��s qu'ils ��tendent leurs bras - mais est-ce une raison suffisante pour les enfermer derri��re des murs de plus en plus hauts, de plus en plus clos ? Le psychiatre Jacquemort se le demande puis ne se le demande plus, car il a trop �� faire
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Andrew
At the sound of the word shame Timortis took a step back—and then felt ashamed of himself for having done so.

‘I’ve got a home,’ said the man who, having noticed Timortis’s movement, gave a sour little smile. ‘I get my food. And they give me gold. Loads of it. But I haven’t got the right to spend it. Nobody wants to—and nobody will—sell me anything. I’ve got a house and I’ve got loads of gold—but I have to swallow the shame of the whole village for them. They pay me to feel their remorse for them
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wally
this is an excellent story. i liked how clementine engaged in what i have come to call "time passages"...based somewhat on the al stewart song...a detail i find intriguing wherever i find it...and i have found it in many places, shelved as such, time passages. clementine imagines all manner of evil befouling her babies. by story's end, the implications of that finally strike the reader, struck me...

i wonder about the implications of the others in the story, glory hallelujah...timortis...andy...

Rachel Kowal
3.4 stars

Some memorable sequences here, but due more to their perversity or absurdity than something more redeeming. The things that came out of this man's mind: the strange town where all the residents' shame gets absorbed by a man (Glory Hallelujah) dressed in rags who fishes junk and dead things out of the river with his teeth, blue slugs make you fly, and love is truly suffocating. Better for the parts than the whole. But the vicar's sermon... I did quite enjoy that.
Yorthy
Okumak için neden bekledim bilmiyorum, okumam boyunca kütüphanemde boş boş beklediği her güne iç geçirdim.
Bir Boris Vian severseniz , bu kitapa da bayılacağınızın garantisini verebilirim sanırım.Boris Vian ne yapıyor bilmiyorum ama, yazdığı ve kafamda oluşturduğu evreni çok seviyorum, pek çok cevabı orda buluyorum ben.

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Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered for novels such as L’Écume des jours and L'Arrache-cœur (translated into English as Froth on the Daydream and Heartsnatcher, respectively). He is also known for highly controversial "criminal" fiction released under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan and some of his ...more
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“On ne reste pas parce qu'on aime certaines personnes; on s'en va parce qu'on en déteste d'autres. Il n'y a que le moche qui vous fasse agir. On est lâches.” 15 likes
“Je suis vide. Je n'ai que gestes, réflexes, habitudes. Je veux me remplir. C'est pourquoi je psychanalyse les gens...Je n'assimile pas. Je leur prends leurs pensées, leurs complexes, leurs hésitations et rien ne m'en reste. Je n'assimile pas; ou j'assimile trop bien..., c'est la même chose. Bien sure, je conserve des mots, des contenants, des étiquettes; je connais les termes sous lesquels on range les passions, les émotions, mais je ne les éprouve pas.” 11 likes
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