Breakfast at Midnight

Breakfast at Midnight An elegy in E flat for the other Prague Kafkaville Blake is a pornographer who photographs corpses Ten years ago a young man becomes a fugitive when a redhead disappears on a bridge in the rain Now

  • Title: Breakfast at Midnight
  • Author: Louis Armand
  • ISBN: 9780957121300
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • An elegy in E flat for the other Prague Kafkaville Blake is a pornographer who photographs corpses Ten years ago, a young man becomes a fugitive when a redhead disappears on a bridge in the rain Now, at the turn of the millennium, another redhead has turned up in the morgue, and the fugitive can t get the dead girl s image out of his head For Blake, it s all a game An elegy in E flat for the other Prague Kafkaville Blake is a pornographer who photographs corpses Ten years ago, a young man becomes a fugitive when a redhead disappears on a bridge in the rain Now, at the turn of the millennium, another redhead has turned up in the morgue, and the fugitive can t get the dead girl s image out of his head For Blake, it s all a game a funhouse where denial is the currency, deceit is the grand prize, and all doors lead to one destination murder In the psychological noir scape of Kafkaville, the rain never stops, and redemption is just another betrayal away Longlisted for the 2012 Guardian Newspaper Not the Booker Prize.

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    1. Louis Armand

      Louis Armand is a writer and visual artist who has lived in Prague since 1994 He has worked as an editor and publisher, and as a subtitles technician at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and is an editor of VLAK magazine He is the author of eight novels, including Breakfast at Midnight in 2012, a perfect modern noir, presenting Kafka s Prague as a bleak, monochrome singularity of darkness, despair and edgy, dry existentialist hardboil Richard Marshall, 3 AM , CAIRO Equus Press, 2014 short listed for the Guardian s Not the Booker Prize , and THE COMBINATIONS Equus Press, 2016 Described as Robert Pinget does Canetti in drag in Yugoslavia , Armand s third novel Clair Obscur was published by Equus in 2011 His previous novel, Menudo Antigen , was described as unrelenting, a flying wedge, an encyclopaedia of the wasteland, an uzi assault pumping desolation lead inspiring Thor Garcia, author of The News Clown.

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    1. I took a trip to Europe this summer. Thankfully, my vacation resembled nothing like Louis Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight published by Equus Books.Armand is many things: prolific poet, Joycean scholar and director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Culture at Charles University in Prague, where he’s lived since the early 1990s. In Breakfast at Midnight, Armand’s adopted city is transformed into Kafkaville: a nightmarish landscape o [...]


    2. I received this book in a first reads giveaway.Have you ever been genuinely afraid of a book? And I don't mean that in an ~ooh, ghosts~ way, but not wanting to take a wrong turn somewhere and accidentally stumble in the grimy world in which this book takes place? If you let yourself get sucked into this world, it'll take hours to shake the uneasy feeling you get from it. A lot of times you won't know what exactly is going on, but that's ok, because the protagonist is just as lost as you are. Re [...]


    3. The '90s Prague novel that wasn't. Louis Armand's voyage through Kafkaville--Breakfast at Midnight--takes no prisoners in staking its provocative claim to what comes after Kafka, Kundera and Topol. This is light years from the expatriate mouthwash the New York Times used to lament had failed to measure up to Left-Bank Hemmingway and company. The production values are also very high: it is a beautifully designed book printed on gorgeous paper, proof that the publisher (Equus Press, like its Pragu [...]


    4. Dark, gritty, a masterpiece in the underbelly of how low a person can go and how life is neither fair or unfair. How circumstances and events never really leave us and how memories become embedded in our being. How everything is justA disturbingread, like being a voyeur into someone's dark twisted mind, that they cannot escape from.Harsh words, harsh writing, the seedier side of living. Definitely not for the faint of heart, the righteous, the moralists, those that pretend the bleak and the bad [...]


    5. There is a contemporary 'epic' quality to this novel, even though it is less than 200 pages (it took four hours to read). Strangely Homeric the book ends in 'Troy' (or a part of Prague called Troja). The Oresteia / the beginning of the Odyssey / Oedipus. The violence, too, has an epic quality, as if everything that happens is preordained and can only happen exactly that way… the spiral into catastrophe. The language, on the other hand is minimal… each sentence like an epigraph. Some memorabl [...]


    6. I couldn't put it down! My favorite Armand novel to date. I think it's the first "ex-pat" book I've read that doesn't sound like it was written by an ex-pat. In other words, it's got authenticity and a feeling of reality, even though it's a multi-layered work of fiction. It seems to have tapped into something unique here, the psychic vibrations of Leppin, Ungar and those other literary denizens of the dark Prague of the early 20th century. In other words, it's right up my street!


    7. The book was won on a giveaway on this website.That being said, I honestly did not have high expectations for this book. However, I am in love with this book! It was fantastic.


    8. Škoda toho závěru - tahle snaha všechno doříct a vysvětlit na několika posledních stranách celkový dojem trochu pokazila, ale jinak skvěle napsané, syrové, pochmurné



    9. First Chapter ThoughtsI saw Nathan “N.R.” Gaddis’s review of The Combinations and might never read that 888 page hallucination, but I’ve read House of Leaves, damn it, and there has to be something better than that to sustain the fans of “Kafka's special brand of disorienting surrealism." (Michelle Bailat-Jones, Necessary Fiction) Perhaps Armond is that thing.Honestly, I don’t know what I expected, but the story pulled me, like a train-wreck you can’t look away from, to re-employ a [...]


    10. "Armand je inovator v mezinarodnim meritku. Prekracuje zanry, cestuje s otevrenym pasem." John Kinsella, Syndney Morning Herald"Armanduv precizni jasne vystihuje slozite myslenky." Edward Taylor, The Plaza"Armandovi se podarilo napsat skvelou knihu a dosahnout brilantniho literatniho vyrazu." Ladislav Nagy, Hospodarske noviny"Nevidana sracka" Zdenek Maly


    11. PROTAGONIST: An unnamed fugitiveSETTING: PragueRATING: 4.0The unnamed protagonist of BREAKFAST AT MIDNIGHT is a young man from Prague who has been a fugitive for about a decade. When he was a boy, he became involved with a girl named Regen. Eventually their relationship became sexual, and he has been obsessed with her ever since. At one point in time, they lived together and he became abusive, which caused her to leave. Or did she? There are suggestions that he may have killed her. In the presen [...]


    12. "Kafkaville", a pornographic photographer, corpses,and an artscape of words.This is a slim attractively produced volume, but I fear that a likely readership of this 164 page prose poem will also be slim. Students of Kafka who expect themes of physical brutality and parent-child conflict may be less confronted by this work by a Prague university lecturer, writer and visual artist, than non-students of Kafka. If Kafka said " we need books that affect us like a disaster", then this book did that to [...]


    13. I won this book, I liked this book. But for me it didnt really make much sense. I was still waiting till the end to find out that guys name, and I thought he was looking for Regen but he never found her. But other than it not making much sense it was a good book.


    14. I got this book courtesy of 'good reads giveaway' I found this book abit confusing at times and couldn't tell what was going on in places. But I was intrigued to find out what happens in the end.


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