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Pierre Guyotat (1940 - )
Lifespan: 1940 -
Related: French literature - transgressive literature
Eden Eden Eden (1971) - Pierre Guyotat
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Eden, Eden, Eden came out in 1971 with a preface by Michel Leiris, Roland Barthes and Philippe Sollers. This book was banned from being publicised or sold to under-18s. A petition of international support was signed (notably by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Boulez, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Dac, Jean Genet, Joseph Kessel, Maurice Blanchot, Max Ernst, Italo Calvino, Jacques Monod, Simone de Beauvoir, and Nathalie Sarraute). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Guyotat [Nov 2006]
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Guyotat [Nov 2006]
Eden Eden Eden
Eden Eden Eden – Pierre Guyotat’s legendary novel of atrocity and extreme obscenity. Set in a polluted and apocalyptic zone of the Algerian desert in a time of civil warfare, this delirious, lacerating novel brings scenes of brutal carnage into intimate collision with relentless acts of prostitutional sex and humiliation.
Pierre Guyotat has been reviled and revered in equal measure in his native France; his literary progenitors are De Sade, Artaud, Bataille, and Genet. Like Artaud, he views the act of writing as a physical secretion, a feral expectoration of deadly poisons which are remorselessly savage and interrogative in their visceral impact upon the reader. Eden Eden Eden was first published in France in 1970.
Pierre Guyotat was born in 1940 in a remote mountainous region of south-western France. He spent much of the 1960s in North Africa, as a soldier in the colonial war between France and Algeria, and then travelling in a camper van. His most celebrated novel, 'Tomb For 500,000 Soldiers', written in his mid-twenties, was an immediate best-seller in France, where it has often been called the greatest modern French novel. He spent nine years writing his most recent book, 'Progenitors' (2000). A legendary figure in France, he has also done many collaborations with film-makers, dancers and painters. He lives in Paris. --creationbooks, Apr 2004
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