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Kruttårnet [KINDLE] ✿ Kruttårnet Author Jens Bjørneboe – The story which is really an anti story as this is an anti novel is told by Jean a janitor in a mental hospital in southern France Just as the narrator in Moment of Freedom did Jean keeps protocols ke The story which is really an anti story as this is an anti novel is told by Jean a janitor in a mental hospital in southern France Just as the narrator in Moment of Freedom did Jean keeps protocols keeps for himself a written record of those events occurring around him Also in the hospital are a strange cast of characters Dr Lefevre the chief physician and Jean s drinking companion and his Algerian assistant al Assadun; Ilja a Russian nurse and anarchist; a French nurse Christine who becomes Jean s lover; Lacroix a professional executioner who is suicidal; Fontaine a Belgian sex murderer; Dr Barthory a wealthy Hungarian who served with the German SS; an American General who killed his Black maid; and the wife of the Russian Ambassador who is having an affair with the General and has a habit of howling like a wolf The plot which is akin to a mystery or espionage potboiler revolves around the execution like hanging death at the hospital of Dr Barthory Any of the characters could have done it It s hospital policy that everyone can give a lecture and a large portion of the book is taken up with three lectures the narrator talks about witch symptomatology; Lacroix offers up a powerful Foucault like piece on the history of execution executioners and capital punishment; and Dr Lefevre discusses heresy and heretics Yet despite its gruesome subject Powderhouse does not depress for it is narrated by a man who loves life with all his senses open to the warmth of a summer night the tastes of food and wine the silky skin of his lover Just like the narrator of Moment of Freedom who strives to live his own moment of truth whatever brief moments of ecstasy Jean can grasp in this world of pain suffering and madness he grasps with both hands.

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  1. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    Once again I would like to begin with the meaninglessness of outer space the insane fire under us and the deathly cold above us On this green crust of vegetation excrement fertilization; life there are still people who don’t let themselves be crushed by being physically torn to pieces they are invincible They sit in prisons all over the world they’re abused and maimed by the vassals of the heads of state – today we know the details of the concrete methods all too well for me to need to mention them We’re all a bit nervous here at La Poudrière I did indeed venture into uncharted territory with this book by an author who was unknown to me I went purely on some excellent reviews and my own gut feeling and soon found uite frankly to my amazement that this author had the gift of being able to combine his sensual and sensitive poetic naturalism with bestiality that was vile and evil Personally the latter is not to my inclination as that veers towards other levels of consciousness but I thoroughly enjoy it here And yet Bjørneboe has succeeded brilliantly with La Poudrière an institution for the criminally insane in Alsace France but with one added extremely important difference – you could only go there if you had money and influence in your particular spheres in life I also found the stories of the inmates gripping and riveting but also horrifying at timesReturn to your primordial roots when the gene pool was first established billions of years ago Is it true that scientists estimate this as being 137 billion years? My it hardly seems worth thinking aboutRace with the wolves with this work and enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the capture meet the witches and wizards in their thousands who lost their lives in the inuisition But most of all meet the director the chief physician Professor Dr Lefèvre of this establishment the very unusual Christine the two hedgehogs I really couldn’t understand their significance at all but there had to be a meaning for their presence surely? and finally the person who holds everything together the lynchpin Jean the narrator also known by other names depending upon who is talking to him a groundskeeper who lives in a small cottage in the hospital grounds and who is writing his monumental opus The History of BestialityI also discovered unknown aspects of my character through reading this book There are explicit sexual scenes that are exuisitely written but with gruesome butchery by artistic murderers and wrap this all up with this sublime prose and you have as is to be expected a superb tour de forceThis is actually the second novel in Bjorneboe's History of Bestiality trilogy but the translator stated in her introduction that she read this book firstAnd what is the true meaning of “Le Poudrière”? Is it a tinder box or truly a powder keg that is going to explode at any moment? It is really all a uestion of personal interpretation but I do tend to go with the latter Oh to be able to write like that I ruefully shake my head and think of those other excellent authors that I’ve met in my literary course with Goodreads this year Christine Brooke Rose Rikki Ducornet Mervyn Peake Jack Kerouac Jean Rhys to name but a few All different styles but I’ve learnt something through all of this in that I’m now fascinated with experimental fiction Madness can prevail with thoughts but then don’t we all have a little madness within us thrown in with our pursuit of love friendship and that often elusive passion be it from life or whatever you care to call it? One thing I know for sure though is that life on this planet is on the whole a damned fine place but then who knows what our next life if indeed there proves to be one will have in store for us? It all adds to that magical uality and also that of the unknownAnd that wonderful word anticipation

  2. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    At a lunatic asylum situated upon a thin crust of earth between wild raging magma below and the infinite clockwork idiocy of outerspace above during the late sixtiesearly seventies in the territory of Gaul the narrator and a few criminal madmen lecture about humanity's history of atrocities brutalities and most interestingly its executioners Excellent essayism on cruelty and horror offset by tenderness for and appreciation of beautiful moments we spend alive eating drinking talking tripping communing with nature cumming all over one another sitting in an ice cold brook in which we refrigerate our butter and wine There's something black humorish about this second installment in The History of Bestiality trilogy like an independent Woody Allen movie shot on Super 8 unlike the first installment Moment of Freedom The Heiligenberg Manuscript it sometimes seems to want to veer toward straight up comedy what with every character essentially repeating the motif about the thin layer of crust upon which we destroy each other between raging fire and infinite idiot outerspace Bjorneboe's pedantic side usually faces front and he excels at pedantry yet it also nevertheless can get a little slow a little bit hit over the headish yeah yeah the Christian church killed several hundred million human beings got it but when he describes his delight in the simple fact of existence upon the earth he's at his best Pretty good sex scenes with a horny young lad at first and later with a hot young lady Lots of semen spurted across a page or two surprised me Really interesting exposition about executioners particularly inept ones they're googleable too The lectures add a dimension that makes up for kicks under the rug a not even half assedly explored murder mystery regarding a hanged Hungarian Of note there's a touchingly tender relation between the narrator and a hedgehog symbol of the potential meaninglessness of existence Here's a representative passage About this moon we know everything About the whole machinery the whole insane mechanical appartus the solar system Andromeda's nebula ellipses and periods motions metals We sit here on our feeble minded explosive planet and sail around in an utterly meaningless monomaniacal bedlam of a watchmaker's shop About other solar systems we know everything but to go up ot the ambassador's wife who howls her wolf howls and clings to the barred window go up to the little black slayer of an American general and you'll see that we don't know anything about themWe know everything about the cosmos about outer space but we don't know anything at all about Fontaine our little Belgian sex murdererAfter this conuest this assault on the dead frozen space after this there must follow a conuest of something elseWe've conuered outer space but not our neighborAnd we must conuer him nowFor either it is totally insane and meaningless and ought to go under or it has a meaning and ought to surviveHere's the sort of passage that excels This time I was sufficiently refreshed now I felt night only as warm and soft and living around me confortably lukewarm full of life full of mating and lewdness full of odors and of the faint night sounds which tell of the life which exists on this accursed leprous spiritually gonorrheal globe which is our little green home and which I love so indescribably so full of lust so full of thought so full of cruelty and so full of beauty The sky was black as tar and the stars shone insanely thick as thick everywhere all over the whole sky In the enormous leafy treetops in the park there was a rustle of a faint faint breeze all too subtle to be called windWill finish vol 3 The Silence soon enough

  3. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    Books—certain books—have a strange ability to go underground to disappear become invisible and to grow during the interval in which they're wholly or partially forgotten Their effect will come slowly their force grows as during a long and secret process of fermentation A book which disappeared in silence and oblivion the day after it was published can return—make its comeback—twenty fifty or a hundred years later with a power and a youthfulness a freshness and a vitality which is overwhelming and which can set its mark on the thought of decades The reason for this resides in the fact that true literature has a far greater degree of reality content than the current pamphlet or reportage can have Such works are born with difficultly and grow slowly A leopard has a longer gestation period and slower growth than a domestic cat And a lion needs time than a leopard from Jens' essay Literature and Reality Complete Review's review here so far seem to have been unsuccessful in my attempts to get people reading Bjorneboe a writer who is in my opinion one of the greatest of the post war European authors So I will try a different tack Hey This book has sex And lots of violence Like serious graphic stuff about torture and executions Plus it is totes hilares And is set in an insane asylum like American Horror Story was Did I mention that there is sex in it? Plus as I can guarantee that none of your friends will have read it you can look super cool at dinner parties by referencing it and sneering at people when they look confused Oh and there are also witches in it too like the new series of American Horror Story and we all know witches are the new vampiresHow's that? I do not understand his words though know they are on Freedom and Anarchy but love his body language and his voice

  4. M. Sarki M. Sarki says:

    with a mind altering trip on LSD and then morph into a sermon on the ills of Christianity regarding witchcraft Jews negroes and the persecution and torture of them all the affects of evil in the world and how it is justly depicted in our modern art whereas the angelic can only be guessed at artistically and you have yourself one hell of a lot to think about here And all of it coming from a madhouse by either a very sane person or one who is also mad Better than any recent movie I can think ofThe fact that this book was written in 1969 and could have been written yesterday is astounding to me There was a point last night I had to stop reading as the blood letting historical in fact was overwhelming to me We just do not know the trouble we humans have caused in the world and the narrator says it is only going to get worse as we move out in our exploration and colonizing of space It was the beginning of the winter of 2014 when my wife and I began watching the brilliant Showtime series titled The Tudors Among the many talented actors in the made for television event were Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Henry Cavill not to mention the recently deceased Peter O'Toole The show followed the reign of England's King Henry the Eighth There were numerous changes in his kingdom throughout his many years in power but not counting his six wives the many gruesome public executions struck the loudest chord for me The torture chambers extracting confessions leading to wrongful judgments in complicity and the many ways to carry out these punishments left little to the imagination It was awful subjecting ourselves to this violence on our television but it still felt as if it were a fiction a movie and not really true Upon reading this second book in the trilogy of The History of Bestiality I came across many of these same exact instances and historical facts I learned from the TV One of the executions on TV was of the King's cook who poisoned the Bishop who if memory serves was actually an enemy The cook was slowly lowered alive spread eagled and face up into a large vat of boiling oil So preposterous was this execution that I really did not believe they actually did this sort of thing But then I read the same accounting in this very book The actions of the king and others I was reading about throughout our gruesomely violent history of crimes against humanity became all too real for me and I had to put the book down for a spell It was just too much to bear Prior to this horrid feeling I was perfectly comfortable in my chair watching I thought an interesting though gruesome fiction But to learn of all these terrible injustices brought down upon innocent peoples throughout the world and the history of humanity I was aghast at my own delusions and denials I had safely hidden my better self in As charming as Jonathan Rhys Meyers was in his portrayal of King Henry the Eighth my wife and I were both still horrified by his dozen or tortures and public executions which included even one with a severely drunken headsman mutilating the neck shoulders and head of one of his sorry victims actually the ill favored King's right hand man at the time before an attendant took over for the oft aimed inebriated axman to finish and successfully complete the awful deed To make matters even worse I read this very morning in the novel that King Henry the Eighth actually ordered from the throne than 70000 executions during his reign on this bit of green crust called England I truly think this novel would make a great film With the right actors it would be one of the richest most rewarding films ever Even the grounds and gardens of the bughouse are wonderful The narrator's home All the abundant nature Including a hedgehog that made countless appearances I even did a little bit of research today and learned that in 2006 McDonald's changed the design of their McFlurry containers to be hedgehog friendly Previously hedgehogs would get their heads stuck in the container as they tried to lick the remaining food from inside the cup Then being unable to get out they would starve to death And then what about all the other maladjusted but brilliant and extremely bent personalities in this book? Wonderful wonderful And that is how I am reading it As a film I think the Coen brothers would do it justice Even uentin Tarantino might make something out of it worth watching And either one of these film making teams could do the screenwriting as well Jens Bjørneboe produces numerous uestions throughout his fictions There are never any answers He reports historical truth His characters drink the wine and find pleasure where and when they can There is little hope in the world of Jens Bjørneboe and all our wishing in one hand produces nothing but shit in the other He continually presents in his work a position of dissent and a stance he demonstrates as historically heretical and generally punished by torture and execution The violence and injustices can be tiresome at times and in fact might wear a person down These are novels most readers would not delve into and probably explains their commercial scarcity These same careful and casual readers would rather sing carols and hear praises made to some holy name Sort of helps me to understand better now the popularity of the world's current Catholic Pope Very little of this reading was easy but most of it was good And if given enough time I would do it again just like we humans do over and over in a world that hasn't really changed

  5. Matt Matt says:

    from Moment of Freedom; Book 1 in the History of BestialityThis book is another fictional narrativeFrom Heiligenberg in the Alpes the narrator whose name is I or J or even G moved to an asylum for the criminal insane in Southern France It is also possible that this narrator is not the same as the one from Moment of Freedom Who can say for sure? In his new refuge he meets an illustrious cast of characters one insane than the other I's observations on the patients – murders and rapists for the most part – the drug addicted chief physician and the anarchist orderly from Russia make up half of the book The other half are lectures held in front of the patients dealing with the long and ongoing history of witch hunt and all kinds of torture and death penalty and executions in general over the centuries the latter one being held by one who knows his stuff being an executioner himself This is some gruesome stuff and the way the narratorauthorBjørneboe tells it I think is the only way you can tell it without becoming insane or depressive or both and that is in a most satirical way I can only guess how long it took the author to collect all these bizarre facts mentioned in the lectures and what kind of thoughts were going around in his head And I can easily see how dealing with this subject matter can lead to some serious mental disturbanceJens Bjørneboe once said Write as if each word can be used against you Obviously he has done exactly this in the second book of the History of Bestialities But I can only use his words in favor for him When it comes to death penalty he kicks at an open door Once only once I have wavered in my belief That was when Anders Breivik accidentally a Norwegian himself butchered the seventy seven people on this small island For a short while I thought that maybe in this special case the world would be better off without BreivikWhen the BIG FEAR as the narrator calls it hits again when paranoia strikes the powerful people of this world the clerics and preachers the judges and executioners then the witch hunt will once flare up Then heads will be rolling again and the mob will roar in excitement while the unwelcome and misunderstood the clueless and the innocent will loose their right to live I don't thing the meek will inherit anything the meek are the first to go Actually I'm only waiting for the nod of disaster any day But until then I think I have still time to read of this fascinating authorto The Silence; Book 3 in the History of Bestiality This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

  6. Eric Eric says:

    More morbid than Moment of Freedom yet brighter too

  7. Stian Stian says:

    I think the central thesis in this book and indeed probably in all of Bjørneboe's writing is in this little part of Lacroix's talk I wish only to underscore that we live here on a relatively infinitely thin crust of green and moist soil filled with peach nettles animals and people we live on this thin crust with liuid boiling minerals just underneath us with the dead the ice cold lifeless and in all ways pointless and idiotic universe above us The fire below us and death's cold above us And on this beauitful fertile moist green crust which is given us to live on we have slaughtered massacred and tortured each other for as long as history can tell Why in God's name do we hate each other so terribly?

  8. Nick Nick says:

    255 This flat out didn't work for me A material step down from Moment of Freedom

  9. Randall Randall says:

    Imagine outer space above our heads frigid cold and dead the planets circling the sun in a soulless precise clockwork rhythm unthinking and unchanging over the course of millennia Now imagine the fire under our feet a boiling hot stew of molten rock power and violence In between the two is the frail razor thin crust of the earth and clinging to it mankind self aware trying desperately to make sense of his transient existence This is the topic Jens Bjørneboe deals with in Powderhouse which describes mankind's attempt to cope with what Bjørneboe terms the great fear the dawning awareness that all of this could just be a simple accident of nature that there is no greater meaning to life no divine purpose or reason for our existence Appropriately enough the setting of this book is in an insane asylum told from the perspective of the grounds keeper who describes himself as a doctor's assistant and cleaner of toilets The inhabitants of the asylum are all violent criminals all people who in some manner or fashion were driven crazy by the meaninglessness of life Stylistically Bjørneboe is very talented at storytelling though unfortunately there was very little story being told in this book Instead Bjørneboe contrives situations where as a form of therapy the patients lecture to each other and these lectures make up the bulk of the book Bjørneboe expounds on mankind's desperate efforts to explain his existence by virtue of religion and underlines this desperation by describing in page after page of gruesome meticulous detail all the ways that people have been tortured and executed by religious fanatics throughout time Ultimately of course Bjørneboe is making the point that mankind itself is insane and that it's crazy to try and impose logic on our illogical existence It somehow didn't surprise me to learn that Bjørneboe was an alcoholic who eventually ended his own life This book was rich in symbolism and when he allowed himself the pleasure of storytelling I found the characters to be uite sympathetic and engaging That being said if this book is any indication of Bjørneboe's other works I won't be tempted to read any others

  10. jeremy jeremy says:

    part 2 of bjørneboe'a history of bestiality trilogy hard to find harder to put down

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