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J'Irai cracher sur vos tombes

(Vernon Sullivan #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  7,491 ratings  ·  336 reviews
Lee Anderson s'installe comme libraire dans une petite ville du sud des États-Unis. S'il est né de parents noirs, sa peau claire lui permet de s'intégrer dans une bande de jeunes de cette ville. Il peut mettre en oeuvre son projet de vengeance de son frère qui a été pendu pour avoir aimé une femme blanche.
Ce roman, publié sous le pseudonyme de Vernon Sullivan, violen
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published March 4th 2016 (first published November 21st 1946)
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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
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.
Jun 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ment
Yuri Dratxenko
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No wonder "j'irai craché sur vos tombes" was condemned and banned in France in the 1940s. This is The most scandalous book you can imagine. Every single thing about is wrong and unacceptable and should make you close it and throw it away and stop reading in disgust. And yet and yet. Vian sublimates the subject. And not through some kind of cheesy lyricism but by accentuating the traits of each and every character. It is as if everyone is a caricature of a part of ourselves and Lee Anderson, the ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
I am sure some Vian fans will take issue with my putting this novel on the pulp fiction level but really, is it necessary to brag about fucking 13 year olds and abusing them in order to be considered a "rebel" as a writer? Do I absolutely have to be disgusted and want to throw up due to the oppressive misogyny and violence of the story to call it art? I draw the line here (as I did with the second Larssen book) that this was too gratuitous, too full of hate of women, too devoid of humanity or hu ...more
Mina Soare
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loathsome in content and sublime in its detachment, this book of violence is truly a work of perfect self-control.

The content
In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde only hints at his protagonist's acts of depravity and evil. This tale could have easily belonged to Dorian as much as it did to Lee Anderson. Manipulation, pedophilia, rape and murder can all be found inside.

The theme
Hatred, sexism, revenge and racism are so heavy with the weight of history, a wrong word can spark a public outrage.

Movies and b/>The
Nuran Nergiz
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well the author seems to stand strongly against racism yet he comes off as nothing but a sheer sexist, so it doesn’t make sense at all. The pedophilia and the violence in it was just too much for me .I am not against sado-erotism per se,but if the author goes on about his boner dozens of times whereas the motive and motivation to the revenge remain simply blurry throughout the book, then it is tasteless. Sorry, not my personal favourite indeed.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A violent and impressive writing, very crude pictures make this book a punch in the face for the unaware reader. You feel equally fascinated and disgusted about the way the protagonist progresses towards his vengeance. A good depiction of the United States and the segregation in the thirties (?). Very surprising after having read Froth on the Daydream or Heartsnatcher, but gets well along with them paradoxally
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vian had an amazing taste in hard boiled literature. And was a sneaky bastard.
Clodagh Glaisyer-Sidibe
Very disturbing - very thought provoking - powerful - not sure if I'm intelligent enough to deal with all of the issues raised !
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At one time I would actively avoid pain and unhappiness, torture and murder, in my reading. I called those who sought out that kind of thing literary ambulance chasers. And yet over the last twelve months I have found myself increasingly indulging in it too, even though it still disturbs and upsets me. I justified it to myself as a newly developed interest in the history of outré, extreme or anti literature, and the decadent, erotic and gothic genres; and while that interest is genuine I didn’t ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strange book, but hey, it's Vian, that's why I took it. Also, differs from some of his other works greatly. It is deliberately written as trahsy pulp novel. It is about a dude with black roots who wants to avenge his black family that was killed or something, but he himself doesn't look black at all (?) so he manages to infiltrate elite white society in order to do his revenge. Book is vulgar, drinking and fucking on most of those pages, and if it weren't the bloody finale, it'd be entert ...more
Stewart Home
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Masanaka Takashima
The story starts slowly, but gradually speeds up and ends restlessly and recklessly. I wonder what fueled the author so fiercely that he created such a hate-filled character, who makes me think of modern terrorists who randomly find and attack easy targets who they blindly decide belong to their enemy's group. Things happening in the story is totally and morally wrong, but the author successfully capture the mechanism of how such absurd tragedies develop.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the story had more sense in a time when it was controversial because of the language used and the description of the way of life among young Americans in a small town. I enjoyed the portrayal of this society, I was able to feel the atmosphere of this racist and traditional town. I only think the story should have a better development in some parts.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, france
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 proofreader mode.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious at times and at the same time breathtaking, 'I spit on your graves' becomes a haunting narrative of a man's downfall to revenge.

Unlike the dreaminess of Boris Vian's books, the four books penned under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan are mostly filled by raw depictions of sex an violence and occasional dark humour. Still every word is in its place holding its ground penetrating the reader with unbeatable force.

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
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boris Vian's I Spit on Your Graves is a text I can confidently say no one will enjoy reading. When considered less as a novel and more as a curio, it is remarkable. Vian wrote the novel pseudonymously, as Vernon Sullivan. Sullivan was supposedly a Black man living in the United States. Vian, a white Frenchman, "discovered" Sullivan's text and "translated" it into French. Of course, the French version is the original and it is only figuratively a translation, quite a poor one at that, of Black American ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscuro
honestly this book was ass and I don’t see the significance that warranted it’s republishing. Is this really how the French viewed Americans in the 40s lol. The text also badly needs a proofread there are quite a few typos. I did enjoy the image of Vian croaking over how bad the film adaptation was.
Jun 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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. Ameri
Jul 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's sexual and interesting, and then there's this book......I"m not sure when rape became dirty and kinky, but I think I missed the boat. Not that I'm one to disengage in a good pulpy novel, but the meaty topics like racial injustice and sexual liberation were played out in a way so misogynistic I hardly could make it through.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, boy!
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Eric Cecil
Questionable content aside, this particular printing is a half-assed affair with several spelling mistakes, errors in syntax, and a clumsy layout to boot. Vian might've died a second death if he'd had the chance to read it.
Muhemed Masika
My grave needed the nutrients
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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 songs (p ...more

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