Blue of Noon by Georges Bataille, Harry Mathews

By Georges Bataille, Harry Mathews

Set opposed to the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, Blue of Noon is a blackly compelling account of depravity and violence. As its narrator lurches despairingly from urban to urban in a surreal sexual and psychological nightmare of squalor, sadism and drunken encounters, his inner cave in mirrors the scuffling with and marching at the streets outdoors. Exploring the darkish forces underneath the skin of civilization, this can be a novel torn among selecting with history's sufferers and being seduced by way of the huge glamour of its bad victors, and is without doubt one of the 20th century's nice nihilist works.

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This section, headed by Major Sebastien Loriot for most of this period, prepared regular études, notices, and mémentos on the German air force. 77 Air intelligence officers briefed members of the high command at weekly meetings and forwarded reports to the air minister’s cabinet militaire. Relations between military and air intelligence were intimate. 78 This system functioned satisfactorily. The bulletins de renseignements produced by the army Deuxième Bureau always included a section on German air power.

E. en ’,  Jan. . 32 SHAT, ARR, , dr. , ‘Activité du Poste [BRÉM] au cours de l’année ’,  Jan. . 30 31 The Intelligence Machine  Each individual piece of information that arrived at the posts was forwarded both to the SR Centrale and to the offices of the Deuxième Bureau in Paris. During periods of tension a given post might forward reports several times per day. During this period SR Centrale comprised an average of sixteen to eighteen military and thirty civilian personnel.

82 The quality of these assessments varied. They focused for the most part on technical concerns such as the amount of ship tonnage existing or under construction in various states. Within the naval staff, responsibility for drafting strategic overviews lay not with the Deuxième Bureau but instead with the Section d’Études des Armements Navals. This section, which would be expanded and renamed the Section d’Études Générales in , had been established in  by incoming naval chief of staff Admiral Georges Durand-Viel.

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