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Novel, translated by Joachim Neugroschel. Bataille's scandalous Story of the Eye, written under the pseudonym Lord Auch, centers around the exploits of a young couple exploring the utmost boundaries of the sacred and profane. This hallucinatory melding of sex and religion has lost none of its transgressive power since its original publication in the 1920s, and prefigures Bataille's later studies of death and sensuality, including Erotism and The Tears of Eros, also published by City Lights and available from SPD.

Review:

"Bataille's book, far from obliging us to 'confront the idea of pornography as a serious literary genre, ” as Susan Sontag loudly proclaims on its cover, only obliges us to confront once again the fact that pornography is to be sure a difficult art, and that pornography as high art is generally more preposterous but no less tedious than the garden variety. This is the first volume in a projected complete English edition of Bataille." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

In 1928, Georges Bataille published this first novel under a pseudonym, a legendary shocker that uncovers the dark side of the erotic by means of forbidden obsessive fantasies of excess and sexual extremes. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds the parallels in Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille's own theories of ecstasy, death and transgression which he developed in later work.

About the Author

Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in 1897. He was a librarian by profession. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. Bataille died in 1962.

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manwith7talents, September 28, 2007 (view all comments by manwith7talents)
This book has many fascinating insights on the similarities between eyes, eggs, and testicles. In one memorable scene, two of these objects are actually impelled simultaneously in opposite directions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780872862098
Author:
Bataille, Georges
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Translator:
Neugroschel, Joachim
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Erotica
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Erotic stories, French
Subject:
Erotic stories, French -- Translations into English.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Erotica - General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st City Lights ed.
Edition Description:
City Lights
Series Volume:
0188-1968
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
103
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 0.3 in 5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In 1928, Georges Bataille published this first novel under a pseudonym, a legendary shocker that uncovers the dark side of the erotic by means of forbidden obsessive fantasies of excess and sexual extremes. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds the parallels in Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille's own theories of ecstasy, death and transgression which he developed in later work.
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