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I Spit on Your Graves

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  3,678 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Boris Vian was a novelist, jazz musician, jazz critic, poet, playwright, a friend of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Raymond Queneau, Jean Cocteau, Louis Malle, Jean Paul Sartre, and numerous others of forties and fifties Parisian cultural society. He was also a French translator of American hard-boiled crime novels. One of his discoveries was an African-American writer by th ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Tamtam Books (first published 1946)
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s'allright. this isnt a style of writing i respond well to, i suppose. i didnt find it shocking or revolutionary with my today-eyes, and it was clear what was going to happen, and then it happened, and then the book was over. eh.
I'm afraid I found this book rather revolting. It is meant to be read ironically at some level (at least, it is widely claimed that that's the correct interpretation), but to me it came across more as sadistic pornography. Though the author was, as usual, very inventive. He wrote the book in French, but claimed it was a translation of an American thriller written by a hitherto unknown black author; the book, Vian said, couldn't be published in the US because the story involved a black hero who s ...more
Alex di A Clockwork Orange a Lee Anderson gli fa un baffo. E con questo vi ho detto tutto, o quasi.

In questo libro c’è talmente tanto sesso, violenza, sangue, che anche gli amanti più accaniti della così detta “trasgressive fiction” (tra i quali mi annovero anche io), non possono non provare addirittura ribrezzo dinanzi a certe immagini.

Vernon Sullivan (pseudonimo di Boris Vian) racconta la storia di Lee Anderson, nero dalla pelle bianca, che approda a Buckton, dove nessuno lo conosce e dove ha

Mi piace toccare questa copertina, è così liscia. Hmmm.
Ehm, sì, siamo in onda. Coff.

Ho finito ieri a letto questo caro libretto con un bel po' di sonno addosso e una certa enfasi da fine lettura. Ero lì che mi dicevo "no, no, si merita il massimo dei voti, è grandioso". Poi il giorno dopo, in piena lucidità mentale, ho guardato me stessa con sconcertamento. Ma sei scema?! Ma come ha fatto solo a passarti per l'anticamera del cervello?!
Per la serie "dormiamoci sopra".
E' un buon libro, ma r
Feb 24, 2012 knig rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The deep American South in the 1940s as per Boris Vian’s riotous imaginings, condensed in a gripping Kaliforniesque, Bataillesque road trip of fornication and murder. I say imaginings, because its doubtful Vian ever set foot in America, although this of course is not the point.
A highly stylised crime noir, this slim novel packs in every conceivable affront to general morality and human decency. Ostensibly about a black man who has white features going on a calculated rampage to avenge the lynchi
When Jean d’ Halluin first published I Spit On Your Graves in 1946, he was looking for a bestseller to kickstart his new imprint, Editions du Scorpion. Written by an African-American writer named Vernon Sullivan, the book was a visceral, often misogynistic, and (once it gets rolling) violent pulp novel offering a gritty commentary on racial injustice in the United States.

The plot centered on Lee Anderson, a light skinned black man seeking revenge for the murder of his brother at the hands of wh
If "Foam of the Daze" is lightness with bitter sweet taste, than Vian's "I Spit on Your Graves" is a work of pure hate, lust and evil. There are two (or a lot more) sides to Vian's work - and he was also a masterful 'pulp' writer.

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It's kind of creepy to push one's book to the general public, but then again I just paid for it, I didn't write it! Somehow in English Vian slipped into the spaces of time. Whenever the names Camus or Sartre is mentio
Mar 22, 2014 Stela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stela by: Fewlas

J’ai pas su trop que penser de ce livre, si différent de mon Boris Vian à moi (celui de L’écume des jours, évidemment). Je ne suis pas encore sûre si mon vote n’a pas été (positivement) influencé par l’histoire derrière le texte, et par l’étrange liaison entre cette œuvre et le destin de l’écrivain.

J’ai quand-même bien reconnu l’inépuisable appétit de Vian pour la farce, son plaisir pour la parodie et le défi des conventions sociales. Mais est-ce que ça suffit pour créer un bon roman? Dans un t
Es un sopapo directo a la cara. La más pura y cruda realidad. Ni mensajes alentadores, ni víctimas bondadosas. Ninguna intención de lograr que el texto deje alguna moraleja o constituya un relato moralizante. Refleja los esperables efectos que producen tantos siglos de opresión, dolor, torturas y humillaciones. Es horrendo, cruel, terriblemente violento, asqueroso. Es imposible identificarse con los actos de su protagonista. ¿Realmente lo es? No sé, igual no creo que sea la intención de su autor ...more
Ben Loory
it's pretty good up til the end, when suddenly it abandons its first person narrator and now you're in the police station with some characters you've never met before and then the final chase is done in third person and you don't care at all about what happens. it's like he just suddenly chucks the book in the trash. in general the whole thing just gets lazier and sketchier as it goes. it says in the intro that he wrote it in two weeks and it shows. also no one seems to have copy-edited it so th ...more
So. I don’t know. It’s slightly trashy. Vian is an underdog. He started being recommended and on book fares I see more and more of him. I don’t know. He didn’t really impress me. I spit on your graves was written 60 years ago (but you can’t tell at all if you don’t know the info), and the only thing that this guy Lee Anderson does is: have (graphic) sex with southern teenagers and children, gets drunk and hates. Eventually he does something else as well, but not to spoil the book. There is a rea ...more
Federiken Masters
Jan 02, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A cualquier menos a los racistas.
Recommended to Federiken by: Que me gusta cómo canta el autor y Bucletina al prestármelo.
Está difícil puntuar este libro, ya que me pareció muy buena lectura y con un gancho lo suficientemente fuerte como para terminármelo en menos de dos días. Pero mientras más avanzaba la trama, peor me dejaba lo que leía. Se nota que el autor quiso ser crudo y bestial para generar un efecto dramático y antimoralizante mayor, y mierda si lo logra. La novela va cambiando de registro de una manera paulatina pero evidente, lo mismo que el protagonista. Este pasa de ser un perfecto ejemplo de "Magnifi ...more
Nunca me había llamado la atención Boris Vian. Cosa extraña, ya que se podría decir que estoy algo afrancesada. Me empezó a interesar cuando me dijeron que también fue músico de jazz y no sólo eso, sino que su propia literatura era jazzística. Quizás me esperaba otra cosa después de escuchar ese comentario pero lo que me he encontrado no me ha desagradado para nada.

Escupiré sobre vuestra tumba es como el humo de un cigarrillo que se eleva, se extiende, se enrosca sobre si mismo y empieza a dar
Mar 10, 2014 Jim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: france, noir
Let's see: We have rape, racism, lynching, rampant sex, hatred, murder -- this thing is so noir that it almost comes out the other side. Boris Vian's I Spit on Your Graves is not a "nice" book. In its favor, it moves like a railroad train at full throttle, but you won't feel terribly good about enjoying it unless you are one sick puppy.

This edition was translated into English by Vian with the help of Milton Rosenthal. The particular edition I read was so full of typos that I was always in proof
Voluptuosa, lasciva, sádica, desbocada, creo que Tarantino mamó un poco de la teta de Boris Vian.
Menuda historia !!!!!
Ithaki daha iyi bir baski yapmali. Kocaman piksellerden olusan kapak tasarimi, onlarca basim hatasi...
I needed some fast noir. I needed some sex and violence and lots of speed (not crystal meth, but good old rapid movement, velocity, acceleration, changing of vectors). Or the representation thereof. And I got it.

We all know Boris Vian was a noir-obsessed French guy (but you might say, "but aren't all French guys noir-obsessed?" and then some surly looking bloke might say, "shut up, you,") and this guy Vian pretended to translate books by an imaginary friend who was also an U.S. American black gu
Stewart Home
I Spit On Your Graves was a literary hoax which was first published as if it had been written in English by an Afro-American author called Vernon Sullivan and Vian was merely its translator. In fact there was no Vernon Sullivan, the ostensible author of this work was a figment of Vian’s imagination and the book was written in French and only translated into English by the author and Milton Rosenthal after it became a bestselling sensation. The plot of I Spit On Your Graves echoes Richard Wright’ ...more
O lo leggi tutto o lo abbandoni dopo poche pagine.
Se arrivi in fondo lo stomaco non si trova più al suo posto. Schifoso libro. Nessuna redenzione. Tutti i personaggi sono negativi, donne e uomini, nessuna etica, nessun rispetto, nessuna morale, nessuna legge.
Nessuna salvezza, riscatto, ripensamento.
Violenza parossistica di male in peggio.
Scritto bene però.
Stelline? non si può dare un voto al volto negativo dell'umanità.
Se volete leggerlo fatelo a stomaco vuoto é meglio.
Steve Isaak
This hyperbolic pulp-noir genre work is a sometimes fun, way overlong riff on racism, sex and ultra-violent revenge. It is the fevered imaginings of a Frenchman writing about a country he had never actually visited.

Most of the book is comprised of Lee Anderson's first-person point of view, while he gets "revenge" on the white race by bedding every young woman he meets (according to Anderson, every white woman is a slut, just asking for rough sex), fooling those around him into thinking he's whi
No es la primera vez que leo algo de Boris Vian así que comencé a leer el libro sabiendo que me gustaría, sin más miramientos lo descargue hoy en la mañana (porque no aguante)y lo acabo de terminar, eso sí nunca pensé que me gustaría tanto, a pesar de que no he leído mucho de sus libros (solo la espuma de los días y que me encanto) es bastante diferente, mostrándonos la cruel y cruda realidad de ese tiempo (por algo lo multaron por ultraje a la moral) sin adentrarme mucho en la trama Boris Vian ...more
Il faut dire que malgré la critique péjorative que je vais faire, j'ai jeté mes cours et j'ai bouffé le livre en moins de 24 heures. Je ne peux que donner 5 STARs pour l'audace de l'auteur je retire une étoile pour le contenu violent... Cela fait 4.
je comprends mieux pourquoi Boris Vian est considéré comme un auteur vulgaire, le roman ayant été interdit en 1948 en plus d'une amende pour l'auteur. Un roman trop violent et indigeste pour certain. La violence du contenu transmis : Au début c'était
Dans la préface du roman, l'auteur avoue :
"Ici, nos moralistes bien connus reprocheront à certaines pages leur… réalisme un peu poussé."

Eh beh. Je dois avouer être très décu, premièrement parce que ne m'attendais pas à ce que ce livre renferme le triangle amoureux le plus ridicule de l'Histoire.
Les dialogues hérissants et mièvres et les personnages irréalistes et fades sont absolument insupportables.

Quand l'ami Boris Vian parle de "réalisme un peu poussé", je ne peux m'empêcher de froncer les
Dolor Nocturno
Una novela violenta, retorcida y con un discurso antirracista.

Hace bastante tiempo, como una inocente palomilla, vi la película del mismo nombre - que sería una adaptación “híper recontra retocada”-. ¿Mis sensaciones? Jamás había visto una tan salvaje, violenta, asquerosa, vomitiva y todos los adjetivos que faltan. Muy dura hasta para personas poco empáticas como yo. Me quedo 100 % con la peli, pero habría que ver en qué contexto la volvería a ver.
Johan Wilbur
Pues otro libro cortito que se me ha cruzado mientras intentaba (en vano) continuar con La conjura de los necios. Quizás incluso demasiado corto, pero para lo que cuenta creo que es lo correcto.

¿Qué puedo decir? Quizás para la época fue súper innovador, o pornográfico, o como lo quisieran llamar. Para mí es una buena historia de venganza, quizás un poco mal enfocada por el absurdo planteamiento del protagonista, un ser trastornado y obsesionado con la venganza… Pero es que es una venganza un poc
Oscar Torrado
Un libro muy duro de leer pero que a la vez hace que uno no quiera parar con cada capítulo que pasa, es una historia de venganza bajo el punto de vista del vengador mientras vemos como elabora poco a poco su plan. Es un libro donde no hay personajes buenos, y por lo que quizás es muy difícil lograr conexión alguna con ellos, pero aún así la misma historia y su desarrollo arrastra uno hasta llegar al final donde no hay ninguna moraleja solamente el vivo retrato de la violencia e injusticia social ...more
Ίσως 5/5 σε έκδοση με καλύτερη μετάφραση.
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Bir kitabı bitirdiğim saniye yazmalıyım hakkındaki düşüncelerimi, yoksa o kitabı bitirmiş olmanın hissettirdikleri yok olabiliyor ve ben o duyguyu geri getiremiyorum. Bu yazıyı da "Mezarlarınıza Tüküreceğim"i bitirdikten sonra yazmaya başladım fakat zihnim o kadar boş ki... Sanki kitabı bitirmedim de, bilmiyorum, yarıda bıraktım veyahut serinin ikinci kitabını bekliyor gibiyim. Oysa her şey sonuçlandı ve hiçbir şey devam eder durumda değil. Nasıl hissediyorsun diye sorarsanız sadece bir kelimeyl ...more
Έχω εφτά βιβλία του Μπορίς Βιάν στην βιβλιοθήκη μου, αποφάσισα ν'αρχίσω μ'αυτό, μιας και είναι το πιο πολυσυζητημένο και κακόφημο βιβλίο του Βιάν, αλλά και για να το "ξεφορτωθώ" μια ώρα αρχύτερα.

Ένας λευκός που νιώθει μαύρος (κάτι τέτοιο τέλος πάντων) εκδικείται το λιντσάρισμα του αδελφού του από λευκούς (επειδή είχε κατηγορηθεί για βιασμό), βιάζοντας και σκοτώνοντας μικρές λευκές αμερικανιδούλες.

Περισσότερο μου φάνηκε για σενάριο τσόντας σε πολλά σημεία - καλά, τόσο εύκολα άνοιγαν τα πόδια το
Anne Claire
Anniversaire 26 ans - Par Laurent

Lee Anderson, vingt-six ans, a quitt sa ville natale pour chouer Buckton o il devient grant de librairie. Il sympathise dans un bar avec quelques jeunes du coin. Grand, bien bti, payant volontiers boire, Lee, qui sait aussi chanter le blues en s'accompagnant la guitare, russit sduire la plupart des adolescentes. Un jour il rencontre Dexter, le rejeton d'une riche famille qui l'invite une soire et lui prsente les soeurs Asquith, Jean et Lou (17 et 15 ans), de
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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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“Nobody knew me at Buckton. Clem had chosen the town because of that; and besides, even if I had wimp out, there was not enough gas to help me going further north. - I spit on your graves ,” 1 likes
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