Story of the Eye by Georges BatailleStory of the Eye by Georges Bataille

Story of the Eye

byGeorges BatailleTranslated byDovid Bergelson

Paperback | January 11, 2001

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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.
Dovid Bergelson, one of the most renowned and influential writers of the 1900s, was born in Ocrimovo, Ukraine, in 1884. In 1952, at the age of 68, after four years of prison, he died a victim of Stalin's police. His work as a writer and literary man spans a period of approximately thirty years.
Title:Story of the EyeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:103 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:January 11, 2001Publisher:City Lights Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0872862097

ISBN - 13:9780872862098

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vivid and unsettling I'll probably not admit to reading this book to anyone because it is so horrible. I have imagery in my mind that I will never be able to shake... unfortunately. But if you can handle it and you are a very stable person you should be OK.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from salacious gem of confessional literature First published in 1928 under the pseudonym Lord Auch, Bataille's pornographic and pseudo-autobiographical novel has become a cult classic among perverts and philosophers alike. The unnamed first-person narrator describes his perverse affair with a girl named Simone and their excessive, intimate adventures across Europe with the doomed Marcelle and the auto-affectionate Sir Edmond. _Story of the Eye_ is written with an explicitness that makes Tarantino movie scripts sound like Disney; Bataille's language has a disturbing way of echoing both the stoic minimalism of Hemingway and the audacious obscenity of Sade. Supplementing the story proper are Bataille's notes on a sequel and on the autobiographical sources of his tale, which stem, rather unexpectedly, from recollections of coping with his syphilitic father: '[My father] shrieked in a stentorian voice: 'Doctor, please let me know when you're done f**king my wife!' For me, that utterance, which in a split second annihilated all the demoralizing effects of a strict upbringing, left me with something like a steady obligation ... the necessity of finding an equivalent to that sentence in any situation I happen to be in.'
Date published: 2002-07-29