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Blue of Noon (Modern Classics)

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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

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Dhanaraj Rajan
May be three and half stars.

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
Ben Winch
To a greater or lesser extent, everyone depends on stories, on novels, to discover the manifold truth of life. Only such stories, read sometimes in a trance, have the power to confront a person with his fate. [...] Of this I am sure: only an intolerable, impossible ordeal can give an author the means of achieving that wide-ranging vision that readers weary of the narrow limitations imposed by convention are waiting for.

(Georges Bataille, Author’s Foreword, 1957.)
In Blue of Noon as in all his fic
Não. Georges Bataille não é para mim. Pelo menos O Azul do Céu.

Excepto o título, tudo é negro neste livro:
Uma alcoólica (chamada Dirty) que não controla o sistema digestivo ("superior e inferior");
Um homem que descobre ser necrófilo quando vê o cadáver da mãe;
Cenas de sexo em cemitérios;
E mais umas coisas que já esqueci...

Nada disto me impressionou, apenas me enfastiou. Ou estou a ficar perversa, ou não entendi nada. Espero que a segunda hipótese seja a certa...
(Na parte final tem uma referênci
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book three weeks ago in scarce hours, but its female characters still haunt my mind - Lazare, Dirty. The book strongly reminded me of all the fiction I have read by Henry Miller, but it is far more elegant. The text is definetely kindred, my-poetry-like with this natural and bright promiscuity. Book includes several descriptions of somebody's or author's dreams. Intimate and not at all political, there's nothing radical in this book but its historical context barely dimly seen. Ac ...more
Vit Babenco
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike Story of the Eye there isn’t abundance of sexual symbols in Blue of Noon but there is a profusion of existential symbols instead. All that nausea and sickness and squalor of living so cherished by Jean-Paul Sartre are already in this novelette. And the main hero’s obsession with necrophilia symbolizes an abhorrence of the pending stream of death.
“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
Momina Masood
Such gorgeous writing! Absolutely in love with Bataille! On to Nick Land's The Thirst for Annihilation. Bataille is one of those men you wish you had in your life, a distant cousin perhaps, or an unrequited love. And I'm so happy he gave a shoutout to Kafka in the appendix. So much alike, the two. And so very fascinating!
Histoire de l'oeil was quite a bit better; this one dragged on a bit. The last 35 pages or so, however, were sublime. Poor Xenie.
Tim Pendry
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Hana Bouziane
"I hailed a taxi and had myself driven to the Bal Tabarin. At the very moment I went in, there was a swarm of virtually nude women on the dance floor. Several of them were pretty and unspoiled. I had asked for a table by the dance floor (I'd refused any other), but the place was
full, and the chair I'd been given teetered on the edge of a raised section of the floor. I had the sensation that at any moment I might lose my balance and go sprawling among the nude dancing girls. I was red in the fac
Ben Richmond
The book's back cover talks about how, set in between the world wars, this book takes place in the shadow of fascism, and indeed the characters travel to Spain on the cusp of war, and run into some Hitler Youth in the forest.

I guess I was looking for something that felt relevant to the moment, yet I have absolutely no idea what Blue of Noon has to say about now. Like some sort of Rousseau who loves getting drunk and peeing on the floor, the characters are deeply into debasement as a sort of int
Pierre E. Loignon
Bataille, c'est l'obsession de l'érotisme et de la transgression dans un horizon de médiocrité, de petitesse et d'aigreur.
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
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Went searching for a Bataille novel at my local library and this was the only one currently available; in retrospect, it probably wasn't a great place to start. The style and structure is fascinating--poetic, elliptical, potent, sometimes (often?) disturbing--but I could never muster up much interest in the subject matter, which is less about sexual politics (as Bataille is famous for) and more about the perils of fascism (though this often extends to sex in Bataille's vision). I've not given up ...more
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, literature
Compared to his "The Story of the Eye," Bataille's later work is a much more maturely fleshed out story, if not as directly shocking. There is only one actual sex scene, and that near the end of the book, but much more physical sicknesses and subtle perversions relating to control. As this story hinges around the advent of the First World War Bataille's relentless metaphors all describe war-like imagery and relationships of violence and power. I am particularly fond of Sartre's description of th ...more
Betina Barrios Ayala
Un libro magnífico, con una velocidad narrativa impresionante. La humanidad de sus personajes desborda al lector. Existe una conjunción perfecta, cerca del desenlace, en la que todos los conflictos planteados se confrontan y disuelven. Amor, política, muerte, egoísmo, dolor. Un libro humano, que no deja indiferente, e invita a reflexionar sobre la propia vida, los ciclos inacabables de la existencia humana.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It starts off in a world of deliberately crude debauchery and even cruder frequent weeping by its protagonist. As it goes on the backdrop of political events comes to the fore, as the protagonist travels from London to Vienna to Paris to Barcelona to Nazi Germany, all in 1935. The relationship between the personal wretchedness and the general European slide into Fascism is not at all obvious, yet demands further thought. I don't know yet what to think of the book, but it has me thinking.
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The nature of hot sex and fascism via the eyes of the one and only Georges Bataille. Now here's a man who knew how to have a good time. One cannot seperate the politics from the sex. Is lust an individual desire or part of the whole picture?
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Savaş öncesinde, zamanın ötesinde acı ve erotizmle dolu bir hayattan kısa bir kesit.
Mickey Hernandez
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Pretty good read. Episodic in nature, with an ending that brings together all of the events depicted. The appendix included in the Penguin's classics version is fascinating.
Bataille: Blue of Noon

(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
Death, sex and despair - that's what Bataille deals in, and Blue of Noon is no exception. The narrative follows Troppman, a deviant drunk who struggles to decide whether or not he should lead a productive, respectable life, or embrace decadence in all its depraved ugliness. Not that he suppresses much of his twisted desires to start with; right from the beginning there are the consciousness altering substances, the prostitutes, the violence. Troppman enjoys his savage lack of inhibitions and enj ...more
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My friend told me about all the attention she got from older men while reading Bataille on the Paris Subway. I wonder if it will provoke the same kind of reaction in NY?

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
While I didn't actually hate Georges Bataille's "Blue of Noon," I really didn't get it either. This supposed to be a novel that used eroticism to show how sex, violence and power is intertwined and that message really never came together for me.

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
Vittorio Ducoli
L'azzurro del cielo si scorge solo nelle ultime pagine (ma è molto simile al nero della notte)

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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mi respeto intelectual a Georges Bataille no tiene límites después de haber leído El Erotismo, probablemente la obra que me impulsó a interesarme por la teoría crítica y la filosofía.
Pero este libro me pareció muy malo, insoportable en la repetidísima y heteropatriarcal idea del hombre borracho pero profundo, misógino pero con mujeres que están dispuestas a enredarse en humillantes relaciones con él ¿Vinculación con el trabajo teórico de Bataille? Escasa. Los mismos usuarios que comentan El Azu
Jonathan Norton
"Personally, I could no longer tell whether I was supposed to feel anxious or start laughing." That pretty much sums up my feelings about what I read of Bataille over the years, though boredom occurs more often than anxiety. A writer more interesting as a reference point for other interesting artists (Francis Bacon, for example) than as a thing in himself. In this short work, Henri Tropmann and his crew of equally joyless alcoholic burn-outs crash around mid-30s Europe, blearily perceiving the g ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
What a train-wreck of a protagonist. There is either something very wrong with me or there is something very insidiously clever in Bataille's writing that I found myself identifying with this horrible, cruel, self-destructive man at a few points. Of course that generated no small amount of self-loathing. Mostly though I was just a horrified spectator to the extremely (self-)destructive choices that he couldn't help making.

I read this in French, and the language was quite quotidian, if I could us
'Confronted with tragedy itself, why pay any attention to its portents?'

Death is central to Bataille's Blue of Noon; death permeates every action. Death is erotic, death is unavoidable, and death is overtly human. Tensely positioned before the outbreak of war in Europe, this novel explores the depravity, cowardice, and amorality of a world which seems to be unable to exist with itself. Troppmann himself is unable to flee from this decay -- instead he embraces the ugliness, the death.

Bataille wri
Agnes Riviera
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On my birthday i went on a shopping spree. Now, shopping spree to me means to buy more books than my arms can take and this one was among them.
Written four years before the beggining of the World War II and one years before the spanish civil war (1935) but on published in 1957 to attend his friends requests because they loved his book, Georges Bataille antecipates the suffering and the pain that would come from these events, affecting the population. Drowning in alcohol and prostitutes, fascinat
A nihilist novel by Georges Bataille, Blue of Noon, is set during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of Nazi movement. The protagonist, Henri Timmermann is a sick man (physically and emotionally). This book is thankfully short, it is so horrible and not enjoyable in any sense of the word. The author has tried and achieved to include every human excretion and depravity in this novella. There are three women, Lazare--a political activist, Dirty--an alcoholic and Xenia--a young woman who nur ...more
One day an astute anthologist will extract the best parts of this novella for readers. Until that time, you are permitted to skip over "Blue of Noon" in favor of "Story of the Eye" (his most essential work) and The Accursed Share, which proves the quality of his mind to be as excellent as it is dirty.

To be brief: too many demoralizing scenes of people talking about themselves or others, no ironic distancing on the fragile egos, the historical setting is only roughly sketched, nothing-special dre
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French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental ...more
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