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Blindsight [Paperback]

Herve Guibert , Piers Blofeld , James Kirkup

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (Feb. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070430256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704302563
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,870,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Published posthumously, French novelist Guibert's hallucinatory, intensely lyrical parable is set in an institute for the blind, where Josette and Robert, a sightless married couple, share a room and play duets for harp and musical saw. Their asylum, a gloomy dystopia, features a sandbox in which inmates sculpt body parts; an astronomical observatory where savants track stars through telescopes; replicas of dinosaurs; and a callous director who feels smugly superior to the blind residents. Josette, as part of her apprenticeship, cruelly pokes out the eyes of her pet mouse. Taillegueur, a blind masseur with phony credentials, seduces Josette, leading to a raw, hot, secret sex rendezvous and a plot to kill the kindhearted Robert. Although Taillegueur is malicious and defiantly crude, he rants eloquently at the mistreatment of sightless people over the centuries. Guibert, who died in 1991 at age 36, writes with uncanny empathy and insight into the universe of the sightless, bestowing a remarkable sensuality upon his characters. With vigorous language, he evokes touch, taste, sound and smell so powerfully that his book, far from being a lament for the blind, is a biting commentary on the opportunities for feeling and sensation squandered by those with all their senses working.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Based on the late Guibert's (My Parents, LJ 6/1/94) experience with institutionalization, this surreal novella attempts to describe what it is like to be blind. Josette and Robert have grown up in an institute for the blind, substituting smell, touch, sound, and taste for vision. Their protected life together is set awry by the arrival of Taillegueur, who seduces Josette and introduces her to his worldly ways. The story has a grotesque twist reminiscent of the horror movies that Josette and Robert have always enjoyed. Full of sensual imagery and imaginative language, this work does more with character than plot, and the ending reads like a nightmare. Well done, but for sophisticated audiences.?Ann Irvine, Montgomery Cty. P.L., Md.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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