First Last Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers

ISBN 13: 9780982046425

Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers

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9780982046425: Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers

Tomb For 500,000 Soldiersâ Pierre Guyotat's unique elision of brutal warfare and sexual ecstasy, is regularly acclaimed as the greatest French novel of modern times. Completed when its author was only twenty-five and never before published in English the only copy of a previous translation was destroyed by fire it now appears in a brilliant new version which retains all of the original's detonating sensory power. Guyotat hallucinated the subject matter of the novel as a young soldier during the Algerian War, gazing out from a watchtower over the desert at night. Compacting together elements from mythology, Lautréamont's "Maldoror" and Luis Buñuel's film "Los Olvidados", he assembled a vision of contemporary life as a relentless display of slavery, prostitution and degradation, in which only catastrophic eruptions of atrocity and the delirious intervention of depraved sex acts can possess meaning for the book's lacerated human figures. Ever more relevant as the terror-torn 21st century unfurls, Tomb For 500,000 Soldiers is a headlong ride of exhilaration and horror which precipitates the reader into extreme, uncharted psycho-sexual terrain, a zone Guyotat himself has alluded to as "the anus of the world". Translated by Romain Slocombe, with an introduction by Stephen Barber. This text is already taught on several university courses.

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Guyotat, Pierre (b. 1940). One of the most avantgarde and subversive French novelists of the later 20th c. Guyotat's works examine the violence of language, sexuality, politics, racism, and war. It was his third novel, TOM FOR 500,000 SOLDIERS (1967), in which he recounts in oneiric fashion his experiences as a French soldier in Algeria, that established his reputation as a controversial writer. His fourth novel, Éden, Éden, Éden (1970), was declared obscene and censored. Subsequent works include Prostitution (1976), Le Livre (1984), and Vivre (1984).

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