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Mainline Digitalis and flutter along the cardiovascular axis of Pierre Guyotat's Eden, Eden, Eden a sentence lasting lines and pages undisturbed by the closure of a single full stop.
Heart stimulants are recommended because the rhythmic pulse of words droning through Eden's lettered vein-structure perfectly synthesises, balances and regulates the monotony of the reader's metabolic rate as they pass through the text's homeostasised violence.
During this exposure to elaborate rape, child murder, bestiality, paraphilia and death, a dangerous harmony is struck between text and reader: any MORE boring and the reader would fall into coma or die. Like Foucault's disposition to sociologise Guyotat's Eden According to Pierre Klossowski 'a transgression must engender another transgression To redeem the eruptive discharge of Eden Evil is 'put to work', to serve 'The Good' in the terminal display morality squeezes from the deified bodies of Eden's slaughtered subjects witness the redemptive pleasure in light of the Bulgerisation of childhood.
In our moral code, the spectre of atrocity, of gratuitous and profitless sacrifice, is always recuperated back into an economy of responsibility; in the same way that pornography industrialises the process of erogenous looking in order to locate and secure the field of eroticisation, which is thereby disarmed and regulated in repetition.
Each obscenity must be tethered to yield utility plane crashes, motiveless bombings, car crashes and stabbings are all useful , and it is exactly within the privileged margins of in this case radical literature that such an economy is placated; that is, if commentary goes looking for 'cause' or even 'meaning'. The problem for Eden Guyotat opens up the voyeur without guaranteeing to sew their embarrassment back together. In this sense the visceral anatomy of the skinless text is flayed of the comfort of personal pronouns, devoid of the relief of descriptive nuance.
Sexual mutilation, spilled liquids and glistening organs become dreary, boring and undifferentiated; stripped of the hierarchies of appropriate emotion. Asked how the act of writing destroys, Guyotat commented: 'by breaking down idealisms.
I bring everything to the material level. Active verbs; present participles and the past perfects of these active verbs; these kinds of adjectives or the redoubled prefixes of verbs rather than adverbs; commas and dashes instead of full stops. The abolition of all psychological, humanistic, and metaphysical terms'. Like Kafka's Penal Colony, the perfection of the enterprise arises at the point of its auto-destruction, where Guyotat takes on the role of Kafka's fanatical juridical officer who straps himself into his own punitive machine to have 'Be just!
Similarly inscribed into a fundamentalist Eden In Penal Colony, this is the point of consummate purity when the machine's executional scribe would cut into flesh 'Thou shalt not kill! We are informed that writing almost cost Guyotat his life, neglecting to eat, lapsing into coma and being rushed to hospital. For all of Guyotat's furiously emissive verbiage, the nihilistic elevation seems almost in danger of taking on the vista of missionary-bound hard work rather than jouissance although this is not to suggest that 'moral masochism' does not give rise to, or is not originated from, a profound sense of pleasure.
Liberal protectionist rackets are no less pleasurable: grazing his knees as he is flung to the nylon-carpeted Amnesty International floor, Guyotat the sacrificial lamb is called to recite crimes-against-humanity while his attentive audience weep and sigh.
But from Guyotat's base perspective he notices hands working hard beneath the conference table Masturbating in Eden But when his climax is deified by the commentary of disciples, Eden And in this sense the 'secondary text' already erodes Eden's furious resistance to language; which leaves us to presume that reading it should have much the same effect that reading a romantic novel would have in severely testing the 'unpleasure' appetites of the sadist.
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He was called to Algeria in the same year. In he was found guilty of desertion and publishing forbidden material. After three months in jail he was transferred to a disciplinary centre. Back in Paris, he got involved in journalism, writing first for France Observateur , then for Nouvel Observateur.
Eden, Eden, Eden
Guyotat, Pierre b. The most avantgarde and subversive French novelist of the later 20th c. Guyotat's works examine the violence of language, sexuality, politics, racism, and war. He is now regarded as one of the greatest of all modern French authors. Professor Stephen Barber.
Eden, Eden, Eden / [Pierre Guyotat].
Mainline Digitalis and flutter along the cardiovascular axis of Pierre Guyotat's Eden, Eden, Eden a sentence lasting lines and pages undisturbed by the closure of a single full stop. Heart stimulants are recommended because the rhythmic pulse of words droning through Eden's lettered vein-structure perfectly synthesises, balances and regulates the monotony of the reader's metabolic rate as they pass through the text's homeostasised violence. During this exposure to elaborate rape, child murder, bestiality, paraphilia and death, a dangerous harmony is struck between text and reader: any MORE boring and the reader would fall into coma or die. Like Foucault's disposition to sociologise Guyotat's Eden