Roland Barthes wrote an introduction to one of his books Eden Eden Eden – a work of which Michel Foucault remarked: “I have never read anything like it in any . Using that experience and his hallucinations on the battlefields he wrote several books in his early 20s, including ‘s Eden Eden Eden. This edition is a much-revised translation of the out of print English version originally published in It also includes new translations of the original prefaces.

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Éden, Éden, Éden / Pierre Guyotat

Paperbackpages. It’s a feast, an orgy, a battlefield, a birthing room at the same time. Kind of like Burroughs, without recording technologies. The Modern Classics Series Paperback: Unfortunately, for me, it does no such thing.

There were a few pages of soldiers torturing an Algerian, busting open his face and sodomizing him with objects, that was both exhilarating and disturbing and produced just a faint intimation of sickness in my stomach–scenes like this being what I expected what with the novel taking place in Algeria during their civil war. There is no pleasure in this book; the acts within snuff life out of the characters, bringing the brutality of war to life in an unparalleled manner.

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This book can cause permanent damage to the psyche. There was no way for me to remember what I had or had not read if I lost my place or put the book down for a moment. It’s the kind of ordeal far more enjoyable to talk about in retrospect than it was to eyewitness in the first place. The fictions still explore the unthinkable possibility of worlds structured by sexual slavery and transgression of fundamental taboos. No trivia or quizzes yet. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

It’s a book that demands not only mental energy and focus but also a certain level of physicality. I will say that Guyotat’s prose has a way of delivering the reader into the immediacy of the action, but, dear God, it’s nearly pages of prostitutes and whores fucking, and in Eden ‘s disti Eden Eden Eden? See 1 question about Eden, Eden, Eden…. Aug 18, Cecily rated it really liked it Shelves: May 10, Michael X rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 14, Ben rated it liked it. Also, while I like the writing style, it is challenging to work through, which is good except that when the material is so nauseating, it is hard to also be beaten down by the endless words.


There is only an absolute and filthy whole of a story. Eden, Eden, Eden by Pierre Guyotat. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Many would not brave the fire for this one. It is less so that you become desensitized to the endless scenes of bleakness, desolation, and seemingly aimless, mindless violence, and perverse pleasure derived from it, but more that you are too busy taking in the different sensations Guyotat presents to you to care.

Monsieur Guyotat should have known that an endless barrage of shocking and outrageous imagery, far from scarring the reader, ultimately desensitizes the reader to its violence and sexual perversities. Is that some weird French thing? The depression and the deterioration of his physical and mental state culminated, in Decemberin a coma.

Published by Creation Books first published But the French language is now unrecognizable, estranged by an extreme grammatical, syntactic and lexical creativity.

Showing of 4 reviews. I can’t say that I liked this book, but it was interesting. He must endure, laboring with the same tired, exhausted, shaking breath. A review shall follow. Twenty to thirty pages would be plenty for what instead was an exhausting page trudge through clumsy and disjointed perversion, made additionally difficult by the book’s frustrating language. Based on Guyotat’s ordeal as a soldier in the Algerian War, the book earned a cult reputation and became the subject of various controversies, mostly because of its omnipresent sexual obsessions and homoeroticism.


Taken out of context, the book could describe a mass orgy among all of society, but placed within the Algerian War, it becomes a disgusting tale of debauchery and force. InGuyotat’s play Bond en avant “Leap Forward” was performed. Nowadays, he is regarded as one of the greatest French novelists of all time and his writing has been endorsed by Edmund White, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.

There are some things you just don’t want to know even if they’re true; some things you don’t want to see even if they’re happening right in front of your nose. I am already numbed enough to violence by living in the contemporary world. I can I wouldn’t recommend it.

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He was called to Algeria in the same year. Sade’s repetition has such great wit to it, and somehow serves to strengthen the transgression.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One who finishes this book, cover to cover, page by page, sentence by sentence is as much a warrior as Guyotat.

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Kind of like Burroughs, without recording Brace yourself: I wouldn’t recommend it. To ask other readers questions about Eden, Eden, Edenplease sign gugotat. I would argue for the value of this work, and for the worth of thematic indulgence of violent sexualization— that being said, it is still difficult to continue through a singular run on sentence detailing violent sexual acts. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x The exen is always at least one purpose of a work of art, and the effect of this book was highly traumatic and distressing to me.

It is hard to breathe when reading this book.