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I Spit on Your Graves

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,970 ratings  ·  121 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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karen
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.
Manny
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
Fewlas
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...more
Anastasia
4.5/5

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...more
knig
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...more
Ken
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...more
Tosh
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.

For more info on this check out : www.tamtambooks.com

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...more
Stela
Mar 22, 2014 Stela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stela by: Fewlas
Shelves: reviews, thriller

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...more
Bucletina
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
Jana
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
Jim
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...more
Jandri
Voluptuosa, lasciva, sádica, desbocada, creo que Tarantino mamó un poco de la teta de Boris Vian.
Menuda historia !!!!!
Troy
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...more
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
Brenda
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...more
Paola
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.
Anahi
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
Hamza
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...more
Hakim
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...more
Michele Manara
Un piccolo gioiello di letteratura della vendetta.
Nikki
Ίσως 5/5 σε έκδοση με καλύτερη μετάφραση.
Dhia Bousselmi ( ضياء البوسالمي )
Peut être que c'est le livre le plus dangereux dans la bibliographie de Boris Vian!

Sauvage, mystérieux et extraordinaire...
Boris Vian a essayé de combattre le racisme des blancs contre les noirs à travers ce roman. L'héros ' Lee Anderson ' est un personnage qui est aveuglé par la vengeance, entre dans une aventure dans un groupe de jeunes et commencent à draguer et baiser !

Le tournant décisif des événements, était dans les dernières parties du roman où LEE est transformé en un monstre et qui v...more
Amandine
Jun 24, 2011 Amandine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amandine by: Pauline
2,5 étoiles.

Marathon ABC recommandations (V)

Si une amie ne m'avait pas offert ce livre, il est fort probable que je ne l'aurais pas encore lu à l'heure actuelle et que je serais toujours résolue à ne le lire qu'en dernière extrémité. Ce mauvais a priori me venait essentiellement du titre, trop provocant à mon goût, surtout en sachant l'époque de publication de cette œuvre (moi et le 20e siècle, on est très loin de l'amour-passion).
Finalement, je ne regrette pas de l'avoir enfin lu et découvert....more
Thecla
hat can I say about the book!!! OMG is a good place to start!! What was all that about??? Where were these peoples parents?

I really wanted to like the characters but hated all of them. Lee was a total twat (even him dying with an erection was a bit OTT). Dexter I liked even less especially on his visits to Anna's (I wanted to really scream at both of them at this point). Those poor girls was all I could think. All the females in this book were portrayed badly and as weak.

The only time I was sy...more
Monica Carter
It's not easy to write novel featuring a protagonist as reprehensible as Lee Anderson, but only someone like Boris Vian can do it and do it well. And there aren't many writers like Boris Vian. I have long been a fan of Vian since reading his sci-fi-esque, nihilistic love story Foam of Daze. Vian led me to my current theme because when I thought of thrillers, I thought less of the mainstream formulaic idea of thriller and more of the hardcore, pathological, psychological idea of what the feeling...more
Φαροφύλακας
Κλείνοντας την "Άννα Καριένινα" έπιασα το "Θα Φτύσω στους Τάφους σας" (J'Irai Cracher sur vos Tombes) τού Μπορής Βιαν (Boris Vian), ένας από τους κλασικούς τίτλους που ακούω μέσ' στα χρόνια κι είπα να τον διαβάσω. Είναι μια μικρή νουβέλα και την τελείωσα αυθημερόν.

Το βιβλίο γράφτηκε το 1946 με τον Βιαν κρυμμένο πίσω από το ψευδώνυμο Βέρνον Σάλλιβαν (Vernon Sullivan).

Όπως προδιαθέτει κι ο τίτλος πρόκειται για μια ιστορία μίσους. Αφηγητής είναι ο ίδιος ο ήρωας και δεν είμαι σίγουρος πως καταλαβαίν...more
Gokhan Ceyhan
Nasıl ki bir tarihi olayı eski bir filmi, içinde bulunduğu, oluştuğu zaman dilimine göre irdelemek objektif ve sağlıklı olur; bu kitabı da eleştirmek söz konusu olacak ise aynı şekilde yaklaşmak gerek. Zamanın zenci ayrımcılığı dikkate alınacak olursa ne kadar uç ne kadar "deli cesaretli" bir yazar olduğu şüphe götürmez Boris Vian'ın.

Tabi bir de üslup ve okuyanda dizginlenemez bir akıcılık oluşturması da cabası. İtiraf etmek gerekirse neden Boris Vian kitabı alıp okuduğumu hatırlamıyorum bile......more
LaViejaPiragua
Relaciones sexuales con niñas de doce años en un prostíbulo, con niñas de quince en la calle, violación de una de ellas inconsciente por el alcohol, asesinatos con ensañamiento, necrofilia... A este tipo de cosas es a lo que se dedica el protagonista de esta novela pésima. Parece ser que Boris Vian quería escribir algo escandaloso imitando el estilo de las novelas negras americanas, así lo confesó en su momento, y lo cierto es que "Escupiré sobre vuestras tumbas" se convirtió en la novela más le...more
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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 ,” 0 likes
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