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Evguénie Sokolov

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  135 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Serge Gainsbourg's sole foray into fiction, "Evguenie Sokolov" describes an artist who uses his intestinal gases as the medium for his scandalous artwork. What once was a smelly and noisy problem in his social and sex life becomes a recipe for success in the early 1980s art world.
Paperback, 84 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Tamtam Books (first published April 1st 1985)
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Oct 29, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Ok, I published this. It is the only fictional work by Serge Gainsbourg, a man who is a combination of Johnny Rotten and Bob Dylan. Without a doubt one of Frances' great songwriters of all time - and of course, a fantastic recording artist. Where does one start with Gainsbourg...

Well, first of all this a short novel about an artist who has gas problems. He farts at the worst times - and basically he consistently farts. The only saving grace he has is that he always has his dog around him, and wh
Michael William West
Ridiculous, as I'd hope it would be. Serge manages to bring together the two great defining cultural obsessions of the 5th Republic (1958-1999 [on the assumption that Paris is now a semi-enthusiastic sector of la banlieue-Bruxelleoise]): rectal gas jokes and himself, all in the context of a protectionist exclusion zone of artistic absurdity and the last vestiges of the search for that one last French artistic superstar (Dali and Picasso, annoyingly, were both of course Spanish), while everyone i ...more
Brent Legault
Dec 12, 2007 Brent Legault rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: carnal swaggerers, cigarette divas
I am normally put off by "bathroom humor", written or spoken, and if I didn't already know and love Gainsbourg before reading his book, I don't know how I'd've received it. It is unsettling to think that both he and Howard Stern had the idea for a farting superhero. Was it zeitgeist or did Stern get hold of this translation? (I doubt he read it in the original.) A question for future research, perhaps.

I read this years ago, in the shadow of a Parisian FNAC, back when my French was in its infancy
Raül De Tena
Oct 02, 2008 Raül De Tena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Mi problema con Evgenie Sokolov no es que lo haya encontrado "un mal libro". Más bien que, tal y como se clarifica en el prólogo, la belleza de la prosa de Serge Gainsbourg reside, igual que en sus canciones, reside en los juegos de palabras, en el trabajo con el lenguaje, en la orfebrería de sílabas y palabras. Y todo eso, evidentemente, se pierde con la traducción (por mucho que el traductor haya puesto toda su buena fe).

Extirpando la forma, resulta que el fondo de Evgenie Sokolov tampoco es t
Stewart Home
Jan 29, 2012 Stewart Home rated it it was amazing
Serge Gainsbourg is best known in the Anglo-American world for his 1969 hit single Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus made with the English actress Jane Birkin. Gainsbourg worked mainly as a musician and in Evguénie Sokolov (1980), his only novel, it is amusing to witness the boldness with which he moves from the world of entertainment into high brow literature in the form of a post-dadaist shaggy dog tale. Evguénie Sokolov the eponymous anti-hero of the book is a man who can’t stop farting. He takes what i ...more
Sep 05, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Found this next to the toilet in my new house and wound up reading the entire thing (in a succession of relatively short sittings) and found it an enlighteningly ironic farce exposing the hypocrisy and repression, however un-, or indeed, oppositely sexual, that was rampant in the insider art world culture of the modern painters of the mid-20th. I totally heart Serge Gainsbourg and am intrigued that this is his only real novel, although its length, sandwiched somewhere between an essay and a nove ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Steve rated it it was ok
The concept of the book is great. Tragedy, art (especially art), fame, sex, love... all driven by farts beyond control. I love the book's nihilistic humor and its jabs at the art world establishment. The existential gesture of Abstract Expressionism is replaced by noxious air, the spirit of Duchamp's famous Fountain becomes a gaseous muse, and Pop Art is propelled by the same repetitive anal spurts. Gainsbourg's song with the same name (on Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoiles) ran through my mind all ...more
Joseph Muniz
Serge Gainsbourg, famoso cantante y compositor francés, tuvo el deseo de realizar esta aventura de escritura; quien si en sus canciones logró expresar distintas emociones, que reflejaron la época en que vivió, en Evguenie sokolov, hace una alegoría impresionante de un acto fisiológico básico: emitir gases: los pedos; conectándolos directamente con lo que puede llegar a representar para un artista plástico y sus creaciones.

Es un pequeño libro escatológicamente divertido; la síntesis de Gainsbour
The greatest tribute to farts since the 'Phantom Raspberry-Blower of Old London Town'.

The world needs more books about farts. We all do it (yes, even you).
melanie berlin
Jan 30, 2008 melanie berlin rated it really liked it
Serge Gainsbourg's only novel, about the life and times of "fartist" Evguenie Sokolov. "Ripe" with toilet humor. fartz r funnee
Michel Roberge
Jan 03, 2013 Michel Roberge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoris
Pas pour tout le monde - mais excellent pour le divertissement intestinal!
Feb 24, 2008 Noel rated it it was amazing
this is a 30-40 minute read of genius
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