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Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers

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This is the first English translation of French writer, Pierre Guyotat's legendary novel, which was recently included in "Le Monde"'s "100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century." A violent collision of brutal warfare and sexual ecstasy, Guyotat is said to have hallucinated the subject matter as a young soldier during the Algerian war, where the novel is set.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Creation Books (first published 1967)
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Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
In the introduction to this brutal book, the lengthy delay behind its appearance in English is explained, in part, on the original translator, one Helen Lane, having suffered a devastating spiritual crisis in the midst of her work. I have only read a portion of Tomb, but I can heartily sympathize with the trauma Ms. Lane must have endured. Guyotat pulls absolutely no punches in this lurid, liquid, loathsome, lacerating, libidinal word-splatter let loose from a mind raving in the upper limits of ...more
Ben Arzate
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an incredible book, and it's a shame the English translation is out of print. I hope either a new translation or a re-release of this one will be done in the near future.
J.W. Dionysius Nicolello
Got my hands on this about a decade and change late. There were those months of Ballard, Burroughs, Gysin, Kenneth Anger, hash, ReSearch publications, Octave Mirbeau, Foucault, Bataille, Lautreamonte, hash, wine, S.P.K., Verlaine, &c. This would have been a welcome addition. It's a shame it's so rare, expensive, and not because of the absolute worst typesetting I've ever seen, but because this book would make the perfect Christmas gift for unsupecting oafs. 500, 000 Soldiers is a psychologic ...more
Tristan Goding
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I FINALLY finished TOMB FOR 500,000 SOLDIERS, after a relentless amount of dedication (not quite as much as it took me to read GO DOWN MOSES), and all I can say is that I am wiped out. This book definitely will take your mind to places that it will never be ready to go. Guyotat is mad. Perhaps the maddest writer I've come across. Never before have I read anything as aggressive and as punishing, except for, well, Guyotat's follow-up novel, EDEN EDEN EDEN. This book, in many ways, is more gutwrenc ...more
Dec 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
FINALLY...a real life BREW & VIEW!
Feb 14, 2012 marked it as will-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I'm approaching this with some caution... Don't know if I'll read it through, but I'm struggling with it a bit so far (10 pages read).
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Born in Bourg-Argental, Loire, Guyotat wrote his first novel, Sur un cheval, in 1960. He was called to Algeria in the same year. In 1962 he was found guilty of desertion and publishing forbidden material. After three months in jail he was transferred to a disciplinary centre. Back in Paris, he got involved in journalism, writing first for France Observateur, then for Nouvel Observateur. In 1964, G ...more