Story of the Eye (Penguin Modern Classics)
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There might be no pictures in this novel, but Bataille is still interested in capturing and describing the relations between these related images: Our personal hallucination now developed as boundlessly as perhaps the total nightmare of human society, for instance, with earth, sky, and atmosphere.” Look, this book of porn was first published in 1920s under pseudonym of Lord "to the shithouse" and here I am reading it in Penguin modern classics editions, from the same shelf as Virginia Woolf. Can the work even be called transgressive at that point, I wonder?
I can’t think of a single piece of writing which uses “cunt” as profusely as this one. The author explains early on why. PDF / EPUB File Name: Story_of_the_Eye_-_Georges_Bataille.pdf, Story_of_the_Eye_-_Georges_Bataille.epub We had abandoned the real world, the one made up solely of dressed people, and the time elapsed since then was already so remote as to seem almost beyond reach. Our personal hallucination now developed as boundlessly as perhaps the total nightmare of human society, for instance, with earth, sky, and atmosphere.American indie pop band of Montreal references this book in the song "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" from the album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.  A project by: James Boatwright, Brian Clark, Liz Chow, D. Olivier Delrieu-Schulze, Isaac Johnson, Geoff Krawczyk, Josh Parkins, Will Quintana, Scott Ries, Anna Scime, Neil Terry & 404 error I must admit this reading has left me more disturbed than the first one. This was due, perhaps, to the the slower, more academical approach I took this time around. While I have developed a better understanding of the literary techniques used in this book and could appreciate the author's approach, the unconditional depictions of sexual acts I cannot understand or relate to made this experience more bothersome.
Putting that eye business aside for a while, the book charts the relationship between the unnamed narrator and Simone, with each chapter focussing on one of their outré sexual escapades. It is, I believe, necessary to highlight the age of the couple. They are teenagers, young teenagers, being fifteen approaching sixteen when the novel begins. They are not adults, nor even close to being adults, and there is a definite sense of immaturity and playfulness, even innocence, about much of what they engage in. For example, the scene in which Simone cools her genitals in a saucer of milk, while punning upon the word ‘pussy’, is almost charming in its juvenile silliness. Moreover, this sort of thing isn’t confined to sex. The pair embark on a number of childish adventures, including trying to free one of their friends – Marcelle – from a sanatorium using a nail file.Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth
Furthermore, he argues that he does not believe that Story of the Eye is necessarily a pornographic narrative, given that these structuring chains of metaphors do provide coherent underpinning sequences. There lies merit in the attempt, or so they say, so here goes. To me his novella (its authorship of which only became known 5 years after Bataille's death) portrays the quest for the furthering, indeed, the deepening, of human experience. Any experience, with as its final goal to arrive at a whole different conception of what is human. Radical freedom is what it represents, freedom from - and to do - anything. No constrictions, no boundaries, no heed given to those "pesky morals of decent society”.Is it pornography? Undoubtedly yes, but it is also a romance, a dark, twisted, forbidden romance with an ending I could not imagine in my wildest dreams. An object] can also pass from image to image, so that its story is that of a migration, the cycle of the avatars it traverses far from its original being....” - Roland Barthes, The Metaphor of the Eye In the 1995 Richard Linklater film, Before Sunrise, the character Céline is seen reading a copy of Story of the Eye when she first meets Jesse.