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Hell (L'enfer) is a study of voyeurism written in 1908 by Henri Barbusse. When it was translated into English in 1918 it ignited a scandal. A young man in a Paris boarding house spies on the inhabitants of the next room through a hole in the wall. At once both voyeur and philosopher, what becomes of him who sees too much? Witnessing love, marriage, adultery, incest, death and seeing the heroism and cowardice of the human condition. In his words, "We are divinely alone, the ...
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Overview

Hell (L'enfer) is a study of voyeurism written in 1908 by Henri Barbusse. When it was translated into English in 1918 it ignited a scandal. A young man in a Paris boarding house spies on the inhabitants of the next room through a hole in the wall. At once both voyeur and philosopher, what becomes of him who sees too much? Witnessing love, marriage, adultery, incest, death and seeing the heroism and cowardice of the human condition. In his words, "We are divinely alone, the heavens have fallen on our heads".
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Robert Baldick
"No one who has ever read this remarkable novel and looked at human life through Barbusse's peephole can ever forget the experience."
Jean Favrille
"It is is Barbusse, not Gide, not Proust, and not Malraux whose works marks the great turning point in French 20th-century literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987153289
  • Publisher: Onesuch Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2011
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    HELL IS HERE

    This is a great book, but I think it was actually published sometime in the 30's. Please check the date. I recommend this to anyone who has read Celine's novels, 'Death on the Installment Plan' and 'Journey into the End of Night' It leaves you with a taste of Paris' decadence and perversion.

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