Item #8742 Blue of Noon. Georges Bataille, Harry Mathews.
Blue of Noon

Blue of Noon

London: Marion Boyars, 1979. 1st UK Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.

"There were stars: an infinity of stars. It was absurd—absurd enough to make you scream; but it was a hostile absurdity." First UK edition of French writer and philosopher Georges Bataille’s erotic exploration of fascism. Abounding with blood, sperm, vomit, and corpses (all the abject hallmarks of Bataille’s oeuvre), this virulently nihilistic and patently personal novella consists of a series of sexually depraved and destructive reminiscences. Set during the political turmoil of the interwar period—the book was originally written in 1935, but was not published until 1957 due to its shocking content—Bataille's macabre chronicle demonstrates what the author describes as his "inward turn," which marked his transition from political activist to erotic philosopher, owing in part to the left’s failure to combat fascism in France. Translated by experimental poet, novelist, and American Oulipian Harry Mathews. Price-clipped dust jacket with later price sticker to upper flap, else fine. Item #8742

$125.00

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