Blue of Noon (Modern Classics)
Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, this twentieth-century erotic classic takes the reader on a dark journey through the psyche of the pre-war French intelligentsia, torn between identification with the victims of history and the glamour of its victors. One of Bataille's overtly political works, it explores the ambiguity of sex as a subversive force, b...more
The rating here is very subjective. If, for instance, a person with the sufficient knowledge of the pre-war Europe along with its political turmoils and its popular philosophical ideologies, might end up liking it much better. And he/she might rate it highly.
Of course, I too did some extra reading. Searched for some of the definitions and features of Fascism, Spanish Civil War, the assassination of Dollfuss, etc. The reason for the extra reading: The novel is situated ...more
“In front of them, their leader – a degenerately skinny kid with the sulky face of a fish – kept time with a long drum major's stick. He held th ...more
Comme il l'écrivait dans l'avant-propos à L'expérience intérieure:
«N'importe qui, sournoisement, voulant éviter de souffrir se confond avec le tout de l'univers, juge de chaque chose comme s'il l'était, de la même façon qu'il imagine au fond, ne jamais mourir. Ces illusions nuageuses, nous les recevons avec la vie comme un narcotique nécessaire à la supporter. Mais qu'en es ...more
The narrator is Henri Troppmann, who lives life to excess when it comes to alcohol and the debauched women who flit in and out of this life. Each woman is also on the decline for her own reasons. Henri is terrified of death and the novel is set against a ...more
L'azzurro del cielo è una cupa storia d'amore che si svolge nel 1934 tra Vienna, Parigi, Barcellona e la Germania. In quell'Europa scossa dai presagi della catastrofe Henry e Dirty si amano e vivono in prima persona l'atmosfera che segue l'assassinio di Dollfuss, i prodromi della guerra civile spagnola, l'ascesa al potere assoluto del nazismo. Tuttavia il libro, almeno nella prima parte, non decolla, e ...more
No one seemed to notice the book, despite it's erotic cover (not the same you see on the picture here). I am probably lucky they didn't.
I picked up Blue of Noon because I was interested in the way Bataille supposedly wrote about sex as a subversive force. I say supposedly because I don't think he did. Sex to Bataille is certainly ...more
I like this more fitting with the context of Dirty and Inner E ...more
I read this in French, and the language was quite quotidian, if I could us ...more
(This review includes a cautionary spoiler that does not divulge the ending or ruin the narrative tension.)
Nothing is flattered in “Blue of Noon.” The backdrop of Europe’s march towards jingoism and war seems to be offered as cover fire for the unrepentant mess of Bataille’s frivolous, cruel and debauched characters. The various women on whom the parasitic narrator feeds are at different stages of their own personal decomposition, up to and including his own dead mother. Ye ...more
Food: milk that you don't realize has turned until you've taken a full mouthful. You can spit it out, but the taste lingers until you drink or eat something else to replace it.
When I read L'Histoire de l'Oeil, I was an acid-dropping 19 year old, and extremely receptive to all things transgressive and French. I was somewhat afraid that an older, soberer self would be unimpressed by Bataille. But, if anything, he's become more powerful. The Blue of Noon is a fairly remarkable, fairly funny novel about everything and nothing. And the ending... oh m ...more