Story of the Eye (Paperback)

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Still perhaps the most transgressive book you’ll ever read, this timeless gem of a book was written under a pseudonym in the 1920s by Bataille, an influential philosopher and critic.  Figures as august as Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag have written in depth considering the metaphorical and psychoanalytical power of this shocking pornographic tale, and its effect on pop culture continues to reverberate with references in works by Bjork, Of Montreal, Richard Linklater and David Mitchell, among many many others.

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Bataille's first novel: 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.

Bataille's works ... indicated the aesthetic possibilities of pornography as an art form: Story of the Eye being the most accomplished artistically of all pornographic prose I've read.--Susan Sontag, Notes on 'Camp'

Bataille denudes himself, exposes himself, his exhibitionism aims at destroying all literature. He has a holocaust of words. Bataille speaks about man's condition, not his nature. His tone recalls the scornful aggressiveness of the surrealist. Bataille has survived the death of God. In him, reality is conflict.--Jean Paul Sartre, Nausea

I found myself being absorbed in Story of the Eye ... the symbolism really intrigued me. ... I am fascinated by the surreal erotic style of Bataille; I think he is an author I need to explore in greater details.--Michael Kito, Knowledge Lost

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780872862098
ISBN-10: 0872862097
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2001
Pages: 103
Language: English