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4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  3,276 Ratings  ·  150 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
Oct 10, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  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
Teresa
Jan 11, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, n-frança, e5
Sou Boris Vian. Quero contar-vos a minha história da humanidade. Todos os horrores que os homens são capazes de cometer, por ódio ou por amor. Mas fazendo-vos rir, quando a vossa vontade é chorar de pena e gritar de medo. Alguns vão achar que todas as personagens e situações são surreais, mas se tirarem a venda dos olhos irão reconhecê-los e reconhecer-se...


- O meu nome é Jacquemort. Estou vazio. Preciso absorver as vidas e os sentimentos dos outros para me tornar humano.
- Chamo-me Culblanc. Cui
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knig
Jan 10, 2012 knig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2012
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
Dec 14, 2008 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
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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Diana
May 02, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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Jonathan
Mar 18, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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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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Hadrian
Feb 03, 2014 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nate D
Mar 06, 2012 Nate D rated it really liked it  ·  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
Christopher
"We find that things that don't interest us very much are beautiful above all others because they allow us to see what we want to see in place of them. Perhaps I shouldn't put it in the first person plural." (212)

This book has the dubious honor of joining the elite "completed-during-childbirth-hospital-stay" shelf started two years ago when my eldest was born. It will be forever nestled safely in my mind between The Brothers Karamazov and the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. I know, I've revealed
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Tosh
Oct 12, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
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.
Ana Carvalheira
Feb 23, 2016 Ana Carvalheira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este é um daqueles romances que, quando chegamos ao fim, não sabemos se havemos de avaliá-lo com uma ou cinco estrelas. E isto decorre muito por força de elementos perturbadoramente surrealistas introduzidos numa narrativa profundamente complexa mas, simultaneamente, carregada de encanto e magia.

As personagens são fascinantemente surpreendentes … Jacquemort, psiquiatra que se muda para uma aldeia fictícia podendo no entanto ser situada, pensamos, algures perto de uma das orlas marítimas frances
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Жор
Jul 30, 2014 Жор rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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!
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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Lavinia
Jan 24, 2010 Lavinia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy
Apr 28, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Beka Sukhitashvili
Mar 12, 2014 Beka Sukhitashvili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
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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Xandra
The deliciously bizarre world of hitchhiking animals, crucified horses, and psychoanalyzed cats. To say nothing of the kids.
Stephen
Sep 15, 2008 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  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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S.
Dec 07, 2014 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is the madcap story of Clementine, the very overprotective mother of Joel, Noel and Alfa Romeo, three boys whose simultaneous birth cause her such anguishing pain that their father is exiled. The story is both hilarious and horrifying, and is told from the point of view of Timortis, a psychoanalyst who just happens to be passing Clementine’s home on the day of the boys’ birth and jumps in to deliver them.

Clementine becomes increasingly obsessed with keeping the boys safe, and pages are dev
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Arax Miltiadous
Jan 16, 2013 Arax Miltiadous rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Т Ц
Dec 27, 2013 Т Ц rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Momo García
No entiendo a Boris Vian. Lo conocí por la versión cinematográfica de "La espuma de los días" dirigida por Michel Gondry y, cuando leí la novela, quedé un poco decepcionado. Hay algo en su escritura que queda opaco, que da la impresión de que no cuaja del todo. Tal vez me es muy difícil representarme gráficamente sus inventivas.

"El arrancacorazones" es breve, pero se me hizo eterna. El objetivo de representar a una madre sobreprotectora está rodeado de hipérboles gratuitas. No entiendo a Boris V
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Boutayna
Jul 14, 2016 Boutayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'arrache-coeur, un livre que j'ai lu avec beaucoup de plaisir et le plaisir montait au fur et à mesure que j'avançais dans ma lecture. L'arrache-coeur est l'histoire d'un homme vide de toute mémoire et de toute émotion et qui veut s'imprégner celles des autres, une mère obsédée par la protection de ses enfants et qui fait tout pour les empêcher de voler de leur propres ailes mais il y a aussi ce village aux moeurs étranges et peu humaines. Surréel, fantaisiste, cruel, voilà des spécificités qui ...more
Erin Johnson
May 12, 2012 Erin Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alberto Salas
se instala inamovible en el imaginario del existencialismo. Sartre está por todos lados en esta obra. la temática y la estética no presentan ninguna novedad para quien este medianamente familiarizado con los autores del círculo sartresiano. aun así cuando la prosa de Vian fluye encuentra una voz que es lúcida y cálida, hay en el libro párrafos enteros que merecerían ser leídos una y otra vez por su belleza y armonía.
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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.” 17 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.” 16 likes
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