99th out of 119 books — 14 voters
Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers
This is the first English translation of French writer, Pierre Guyotat's legendary novel, which was recently included in "Le Monde"'s "100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century." A violent collision of brutal warfare and sexual ecstasy, Guyotat is said to have hallucinated the subject matter as a young soldier during the Algerian war, where the novel is set.
Paperback, 378 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Creation Books
(first published 1967)
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In the introduction to this brutal book, the lengthy delay behind its appearance in English is explained, in part, on the original translator, one Helen Lane, having suffered a devastating spiritual crisis in the midst of her work. I have only read a portion of Tomb, but I can heartily sympathize with the trauma Ms. Lane must have endured. Guyotat pulls absolutely no punches in this lurid, liquid, loathsome, lacerating, libidinal word-splatter let loose from a mind raving in the upper limits of...more