Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times and national best-seller hailed as brilliantly literate, utterly unabashed ... consistently provocative (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and shamelessly trashy ... excellent (Jane). The Sexual Life of Catherine M. was the controversial sleeper hit of 2002--a candid, powerful, and deeply intelligent depiction of unfettered sexuality. Since her youth, Catherine Millet, the eminent editor of Art Press, has led an extraordinarily active and free sexual life--from al fresco encounters in Italy to a gang bang on the edge of the Bois du Boulogne to a high-class orgy at a chichi Parisian restaurant. A graphic account of a life of physical gratification and a relentlessly honest look at the consequences, both liberating and otherwise, of sex stripped of sentiment.
Written in spare, elegant prose, this work is the sexual diary of a well-known Parisian intellectual who likes to spend her nights in the singles clubs of Paris and the Bois de Boulogne where she has sex with a succession of anonymous men. It reflects on the boundaries of art and life.
An international bestseller - 400,000 copies in France, and 150,000 in Germany. The Corgi edition of "The Story Of O" has sold over 600,000 copies. Highly explicit sexual memoir which caused a media furore when published in trade paperback by Serpent's Tail. "Millet writes extremely well...it is neither pornography not her coy younger sister, erotica, but a work of libertine philosophy". "TLS".