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A novel, translated by Robert Baldick. A young man staying in a Paris boarding house finds a hole in the wall above his bed. Alternately voyeur and seer, he obsessively studies the private moments and secret activities of his neighbors: childbirth, first love, marriage, betrayal, illness and death all present themselves to him through this spy hole. Decades ahead of its time, "Hell" shocked and scandalized the reviewing public when first released in English in 1966. Even so, the New Republic praised "the beauty of the book's nervous yet fluid rhythms... The book sweeps, away life's illusions."

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ISBN-13: 9780987153289
Publisher: Skomlin Pty Ltd
Publication date: 10/05/2011
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 605,981
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.29(d)

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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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Hell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.