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Méridien de sang (1985)

par Cormac McCarthy

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Fiction. Literature. Author of the National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier. His birth ended his mother's life in Tennessee. Scrawny and wiry, he runs away at the age of 14. As he makes his way westward, the impoverished and illiterate youth finds trouble at every turn. Then he's recruited by Army irregulars, lured by the promise of spoils and bound for Mexico. Churning a dusty path toward destiny, he witnesses unknown horrors and suffering-and yet, as if shielded by the almighty hand of God, he survives to breathe another day. Earning McCarthy comparisons to greats like Melville and Faulkner, Blood Meridian is a masterwork of rare genius. Gifted narrator Richard Poe wields the author's prose like a man born to speak it.… (plus d'informations)
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May be his best book. What a writer. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Ornate brutality. ( )
1 voter theoaustin | Dec 26, 2023 |
It's possible to interpret a book so deliberately obtuse in lexicon, structure and grammar in ways that one chooses. Is it a masterpiece or gratuitously violent? Is it about man's inhumanity to man or the election of Trump? Is the judge evil incarnate or a charlatan?
The ex-priest was right, the kid should have shot him while he had the chance. ( )
  BernsW | Dec 18, 2023 |
Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West is a violent American odyssey through the Southwest. Loosely based on historical events, the novel follows a fictitious 14-year-old called only ''the kid'' - born in 1833, exactly 100 years before the author - as he drifts through the Southwest. He soon joins an outlaw band of Indian hunters who have been hired by a Mexican governor to return Apache scalps at $100 apiece. These misfits - including an ex-priest, a man with initials tattooed on his forehead and a mysterious, erudite judge named Holden - have a taste for blood and death that Mr. McCarthy seems to revel in.

I have since found out that the Glanton Gang that McCarthy wrote about is actually a historical gang that actually went around killing and scalping Native American tribes in the 1850s and actually got paid to do so.

Blood Meridian aims to, like most of McCarthy's fiction, explore the nature of violence. The Kid is contrasted by The Judge Holden. The Judge is a terrifying character, devoid of emotion and any humanistic traits. He is a giant, hairless murderer and psychopath. The Judge had monologues that displayed his philosophical thinking and his inhumanity that were in some parts exhilarant and in more parts just ridiculously menacing. He is spine-chilling and every line within this book about him will disturb you. The Judge is very reminiscent of a later McCarthy character: Anton Chigurh from No Country For Old Men. Chigurh is a hitman who is devoid of conscience, remorse, and compassion much like The Judge. The Judge in many ways is Satan.

Blood Meridian will keep you glued to the page due to McCarthy's god-like prose and his dark story-telling. It is in many ways a gothic, bloody coming of age story of a kid traversing the realms of hell. The Kid is literally baptized a man in the blood of the Southwest and it is there, in his 40s, after years of drifting meets his fate - the fate that awaits every man. The narrative closes with ambiguity pertaining to the final state of the kid, or the man. But the reader can only infer that the kid has meant his end.

Blood Meridian is also an exercise in theodicy. A recurrent theme in the novel the issue of the general justification of metaphysical goodness in the presence of evil. Does God exist in the universe of McCarthy's Southwest?

That's for the reader to question.

McCarthy's magnum opus, Blood Meridian is one of the greatest works of American Fiction and one of the most harrowing tales ever put to the page. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
How to Read Blood Meridian: A (Probably) Useless Guide

Blood Meridian isn't a light read. It's full of lengthy setting descriptions and sparse/unattributed/untranslated dialogue. The story arc mostly wanders about like a narrative of actual events rather than a story fabricated by literary "rules". It's incredibly bleak and violent. Many of McCarthy's sentences are long as hell. It's based on and around some large historical events and real people.

Read it slowly, enjoy the cinematic environments, interpret the sparse dialogue, read up on the associated historical persons/events, and reflect on the themes and meaning of what you're reading in the broader context of the time and place where the story takes place. If you just skim through, rushing ahead for the twist you'll probably be disappointed and bored and miss all the subtlety of McCarthy's style. If you approach this book the right way, it's an incredible, fulfilling read. ( )
  gregmeron | Dec 1, 2023 |
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This latest book is his most important, for it puts in perspective the Faulknerian language and unprovoked violence running through the previous works, which were often viewed as exercises in style or studies of evil. ''Blood Meridian'' makes it clear that all along Mr. McCarthy has asked us to witness evil not in order to understand it but to affirm its inexplicable reality; his elaborate language invents a world hinged between the real and surreal, jolting us out of complacency.
ajouté par eereed | modifierNew York Times, Caryn James (Apr 28, 1985)
 
Virtually all of McCarthy's idiosyncratic fiction (The Orchard Keeper, Child of God, Suttree) is suffused with fierce pessimism, relentlessly illustrating the feral destiny of mankind; and this new novel is no exception—though it is equally committed to a large allegorical structure, one that yanks its larger-than-life figures across a sere historical stage.

ajouté par Richardrobert | modifierKirkus Reivews (Feb 15, 1985)
 

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McCarthy, Cormacauteur principaltoutes les éditionsconfirmé
Bloom, HaroldIntroductionauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Delgado, LluísTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Faria, PauloTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Fort, Luis MurilloTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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Poe, RichardNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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« Car vos idées sont terribles et vos cœurs
faibles. Vos pitiés, vos cruautés sont
absurdes, sans calme, comme irrésistibles.
Enfin vous craignez le sang, de plus en
plus. Vous craignez le sang et le temps. »
Paul Valery
« Car il ne faut pas considérer que la vie
des ténèbres est plongée dans la misère
et comme perdue dans l’angoisse. Il n’y a
pas d’angoisse. Car la tristesse est engloutie
dans la mort, et la mort et l’agonie sont la
vie des ténèbres. »
Jacob Boehme
« Clark, qui a dirigé l’année dernière une
expédition dans la région des Afars dans
le nord de l’Éthiopie, et Tim D. White,
de l’University College de Berkeley,
ont ajouté qu’un crâne fossile daté de
300 000 ans découvert précédemment,
dans la même région, avait fait l’objet d’un
nouvel examen. Les constatations faites à
cette occasion permettent de penser que
ce crâne a sans doute été scalpé. »
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The author wishes to thank the Lyndhurst Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also wishes to express his appreciation to Albert Erskine, his editor of twenty years.
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L’enfance au Tennessee – La fuite – La Nouvelle-Orléans – Bagarres – Blessé par balle – En route pour Galveston – Nacogdoches – Le révérend Green – Le juge Holden – Une rixe – Toadvine – L’hôtel incendié – Une retraite.

Voici l’enfant. Il est pâle et maigre, sa chemise de toile est mince et en lambeaux. Il tisonne le feu près de la souillarde. [...]
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It was a lone tree burning on the desert. A heraldic tree that the passing storm had left afire. The solitary pilgrim drawn up before it had traveled far to be here and he knelt in the hot sand and held his numbed hands out while all about in that circle attended companies of lesser auxiliaries routed forth into the inordinate day, small owls that crouched silently and stood from foot to foot and tarantulas and solpugas and vinegarroons and the vicious mygale spiders and beaded lizards with mouths black as a chowdog’s, deadly to man, and the little desert basilisks that jet blood from their eyes and the small sandvipers like seemly gods, silent and the same, in Jeda, in Babylon. A constellation of ignited eyes that edged the ring of light all bound in a precarious truce before this torch whose brightness had set back the stars in their sockets.
The men as they rode turned black in the sun from the blood on their clothes and their faces and then paled slowly in the rising dust until they assumed once more the color of the land through which they passed.
A man's at odds to know his mind cause his mind is aught he has to know it with. He can know his heart, but he dont want to. Rightly so. Best not to look in there. It aint the heart of a creature that is bound in the way that God has set for it. You can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the devil was at his elbow. A creature that can do anything. Make a machine. And a machine to make the machine. And evil that can run itself a thousand years, no need to tend it. You believe that?
Every man in the company claims to have encountered that sootysouled rascal in some other place.
But dont draw me, said Webster. For I dont want in your book.
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Date de première publication :
- 1985 (1e édition originale américaine)
- 1988-04-14 (1e traduction et édition française, Gallimard)
- 1992-10-16 (Réédition française, Le Loire, Gallimard)
- 1998-10-21 (Nouvelle édition française, Editions de l'Olivier)
- 2001-02-10 (Réédition française, Points, Seuil)
- 2016-09-01 (Réédition française, Points, Seuil)
- 2021-03-25 (Réédition française, Bibliothèque, Editions de l'Olivier)
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Fiction. Literature. Author of the National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier. His birth ended his mother's life in Tennessee. Scrawny and wiry, he runs away at the age of 14. As he makes his way westward, the impoverished and illiterate youth finds trouble at every turn. Then he's recruited by Army irregulars, lured by the promise of spoils and bound for Mexico. Churning a dusty path toward destiny, he witnesses unknown horrors and suffering-and yet, as if shielded by the almighty hand of God, he survives to breathe another day. Earning McCarthy comparisons to greats like Melville and Faulkner, Blood Meridian is a masterwork of rare genius. Gifted narrator Richard Poe wields the author's prose like a man born to speak it.

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