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Coma (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)

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Long ago, in childhood, when Summer reverberates and feels and throbs all over, it begins to circumscribe my body along with my self, and my body gives it shape in turn: the "joy" of living, of experiencing, of already foreseeing dismembers it, this entire body explodes, neurons rush toward what attracts them, zones of sensation break off almost in blocks that come to rest ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Semiotext(e) (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 15, 2014 M. rated it it was amazing
In a way, this book saved me. I don't mean in a way where, like, I was going to kill myself or something, but rather, as a book, Guyotat successfully reminded me of my body & how it can sit, reminded me of what it is about writing that makes it worthwhile, reminded me of a self that I had covered up with wanderlust. It's weird to consider a Guyotat novel as "rooting," but it was just what I needed. I loved it.

[Old note:]
Got a copy of the uncorrected early translation in the mail with the cop
Jun 09, 2011 Jeruen rated it it was ok
I had high expectations for this book. After hearing that Pierre Guyotat is one of the more influential French authors out there, I decided to go ahead and read one of his books. It happens that this book is the one that was available in the library when I checked. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed.

So what is this book about?

According to, this book is a narrative of the author during his spiritual and artistic crisis in the 1980s. He was in such emotional duress that he had to
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Feb 26, 2014 Jim Elkins rated it it was ok
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Unbelievable, rich, resourceful, often brilliant self-regard. I wonder if any author has ever looked at himself from inside such a cocoon of self-praise. "No one before me, and in this language, has written as I write, as I dare to write, as it is my pleasure and my plenitude... It is already hard enough that this world, my world, cannot be reproduced, because of its sexual power, even in future anthologies!" (pp. 181-83) Guyotat's monumental sense of his genius makes the late Saul Bellow (embal ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
A lot of this book, in retrospect, is sort of a blur. Guyotat's humanity, paranoia, utter despair, and deep filial love are the main factors that resonate in the end. There is also a deep level of frustration in the end with the way that he can not even figure out what is wrong with himself here, the language of his own work combining with the violence of the outside of his life to create an in ability to function, or even to eat. The stories he tells of his family are a beautiful counterpoint t ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Tosh rated it liked it
Compared to what is being produced today, Pierre Guyotat's "Coma" is really good, but for me, and for whatever reason, leaves me cold. Which is strange, at least to me. Perhaps its the articulation of its writing that gives me the distance betweeen what is being written/said and its reader.

Without a doubt Guyotat is an intense figure in the contemporary French letters. i want to love it, but instead I like it. Which comes as a disappointment to me. On the other hand I am going to check out his
Jan 16, 2014 Chico rated it it was amazing
Pitch perfect prose.
Aug 13, 2012 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Truly radical, disruptive, disturbing prose. Fulfills some of Bataille's provocations.
Apr 16, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
I liked this one way more than "Eden Eden Eden."
Dec 24, 2010 Jed rated it it was amazing
Excellent as both text and book.
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