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Le poisson-scorpion by Nicolas Bouvier
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Le poisson-scorpion (1982)

by Nicolas Bouvier

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A mixture of reality and fiction, a mixture of being surrounded by friends and being all alone.

The language is beautiful, although a little difficult to follow sometimes, the descriptions are extremely rich. ( )
  Lexxie | Apr 23, 2013 |
Le plus sombre des récits de Bouvier.
  gigile | Sep 8, 2007 |
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All the same, you can't just come and go

without breathing a word

- Kenneth White

The worst defeat of all is to forget,

especially what has crushed you.

- Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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To Eliane

Thomas

Manuel

and to Claude Debussy

this old, old story
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The sun and I had been up a long time when I remembered that it was my birthday, and that in the last of the bazaars I'd come upon the previous evening, I'd bought a melon.
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On an unamed Island that can only be Ceylon, the traveller checks into his 117th rented room, abandoned by his lover, poor and feverish. A book on Indian insects deepens his morbid fascination with the crawling inhabitants of the room-'a pretty world of killers'- barely distinguishable from the insect like habitues of the local cafe, the charlatans and fake exorcists, the indolent landowners, merchants and priests. In this exhausted state, he grows antennae that are 'tensed between the real and the occult'. The distinction between fact and fiction is blurred, but in this world of the imagination truths are sometimes crystal clear. A long-dead, levitating priest and the beautiful but deadly scorpion-fish, symbol of Bouvier's ambivalent relationship with the Island, are but two of the specters which eventually lose their hold on the author, releasing him back to life. It is a classic tale of the mental breakdown of a western traveller in the feverish heat of the tropical East -...… (more)

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