Re: RARA-AVIS: Marc Behm (was:Recent reads)

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 22 Dec 2000

It would be interesting to read an analysis or review of the book that points up some of the subtext. Not that it'd persuade me on the novel -- it wouldn't -- but I am curious what other people see in it.

--- Etienne Borgers <> wrote:
> Marc Behm's 'The Eye of the Beholder'
> I can understand your surprise by reading Behm, an
> author with a corpus of works that cannot be
> classified. Most of it can be best described as:
> surreal Noir or even as fantastic Noir (close to
> fantasy).
> Maybe you overlooked (or were not interested by) the
> intentions of 'Eye...' and was expecting some kind
> of
> mainstream crime/HB novel, that Eye is not, all
> converging to your disappointment.
> I will not disclose details (to protect future
> readers) but we have to keep in mind that 'Eye..' is
> a
> kind of allegory close to the initiatory cycles
> found
> in ancient lit ... could even be regarded as a
> modern
> philosophical "conte" (tale).
> But it's obvious that even if you deciphered it, the
> novel could still not be your cup of tea.
> Marc Behm is one of these authors belonging to the
> uncharted territories of Noir/HB.


===== Doug Bassett

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