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Story of the Eye: By Lord Auch (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Georges Bataille , Joachim Neugroschel
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bataille’s first novel, published under the pseudonym ‘Lord Auch’, is still his most notorious work. In this explicit pornographic fantasy, the young male narrator and his lovers Simone and Marcelle embark on a sexual quest involving sadism, torture, orgies, madness and defilement, culminating in a final act of transgression. Shocking and sacreligious, Story of the Eye is the fullest expression of Bataille’s obsession with the closeness of sex, violence and death. Yet it is also hallucinogenic in its power, and is one of the erotic classics of the twentieth century.

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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0714526274
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EAA6RA8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Eye" an Eyeful 22 Mar. 1998
By A Customer
"The Story of the Eye" is the finest book ever written about the idea that one can take pleasure from acts like sitting down in a puddle of milk, placing a plucked eyeball in one's most intimate anatomical area, and inserting a hard-boiled egg into one's rectum. Experimental, arrogant, and sexually insatiable, the novel's two young lovers embark on a carnal odyssey (involving, among other things, suicide and some blasphemous debauchery in a confessional) that is, simply put, not for the faint of heart.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a read 9 Jan. 2006
By A Customer
Story of the Eye is not so much an erotic text, as an exploration on what it is that drives every human- desire. Desire to live, breath eat, make love, our lives revolve around it, and if there was no desire we would not be alive.It is a mistake to have Batailles novella down as an erotic fiction- it is so much more than that. He exorcises his demons through eroticism at its highest level, in order to find a release, or death, of that wanting, which can never be resolved. It is an important read, and whatever it is you take away from it, it will be something important.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and educational 11 Feb. 2006
By A Customer
Bataille's novel is a book about which one can argue endlessly whether it is pornographic or art or both. This is the point. It is easy to see how one can dismiss the novel as smut. However, in order to really understand the metaphorical language and the connection of themes within the novel one must dwell in Sontag's and Barthes' essays (incorporated within the book) that may change one's perspective about the graphic but beautifully written content of the book. In fact, the essays form an integral piece to understand contemporary French writing. To push it to the extreme, talking about it is philosophising.
The story of the eye offers to both camps: those that want to have a quick mesmerising read and those who are interested in understanding a modern continental perspective on a philosophy of art.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dirty literary masterpiece 5 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're thinking plot and characterization, you're missing the point. This is modernism all the way: vignettes with their own individual logic which do thread together, but not in the way of an epic which builds and smooths out contradictions. It works perfectly as an erotic text because it illuminates the way desire catches on the tiniest of details, magnifying each beyond the reach of rational discourse. It moves skilfully, evading the capture of novelistic conventions, denying a too easy satisfaction. It's precisely these qualities which make it great erotic writing; it allows the reader to engage their own desires in the gaps which a lesser novel would be tempted to fill in. It's not there to be understood, it's to be revelled in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the cover 4 Mar. 1998
By A Customer
one of the best books...entirely weird....maximum surrealism...i've read this 3 times and have forced it upon many friends....a wonderful first awakening into the fiercly extreme.....made me WANT to go know there were never any bounds........
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
"Story of the Eye" is a visit to the extremes of Bataille's consciousness; blessed are those who return intact from this horrific journey. More 'real life' than Sade, this is an excellent example for Shattuck's formulation of "forbidden knowledge". A must for connoisseurs of pornographic literature.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and enjoyable read 28 Jan. 2009
By Tom
I found the book to be highly captivating, largely due to the writing style, which is fast and informative, making it very hard to lose attention! As a result of this, i read the entire book in one go, and i know that there aren't reams and reams of pages, but i rarely do that at all.
Several people have commented that some parts are brief, but whilst i did sometimes notice this, i found that it was still pretty coherent, and simply required that the reader had been paying attention, which caused the book also, to leave just the right amount to the imagination.
The accompanying essays are also of high quality, and Bataille's 'Coincidences' section, i found to be very useful, as i read the book, not just as literature, but also out of interest, concerning the Psychology of the matter. Bataille's recollections of his youth are highly illuminating, regarding the text.

Overall, a highly enjoyable and interesting read, written in an easily accessible and conscious style, which i would happily recommend!

...In fact, might even go and read it again!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gothic Glimpse Into Undergound Reality. 26 Mar. 1998
By A Customer
This tale travels in lurid sketches detailing the experiences & experiments of 3 people who lived up at their own & got away with it.Their obsessions & fantasies executed in highly mysterious & near supernatural imagery leave a detachingly cold atmosphere in short & cluttered sentences occassionally highlighted by bits of lyricism.Their sinister perversions & mania for the gravel of sexual satisfaction & eventual accomplishment of this stretches the boundaries of subcultural degeneracy a bit furhther.The characters analogousness in each undertaking exemplify mankind fulfilling the natural dictates of what I would call the "Basic Fixative Essence" of things.Simone's fascination for the things she satisfies herself on is a perfect illustration of man rediscovering the core of his basest desires.Fetishisms arise in ecstatic motions in this slightly revolutionary novelette,including the famous augmentation of the sex impulse through the rending sights & scents of nature.The piece powerfully ends in a revealing sadness surprising for it's romantic symbolitry imprinted by an unforgettable vision of sight.These works of art are best appreciated when one has no preconceived notions;when one can enter it's world & LIVE IN IT rather than merely browsing through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sui generis
Bloody hell, guts, gore and more, in the most sexual way possible. Bataille must have been an early (somewhat confused) chronicler of female ejaculation. Utterly bizarre.
Published 17 days ago by Lionel Roars
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i liked it
Published 2 months ago by mike solomon
1.0 out of 5 stars Good if you like urinating
From what I remember, this is essentially a book about two people weeing on each other. Pretentious twaddle.
Published 2 months ago by Lee Ainscough
3.0 out of 5 stars I like my books to have a plot you can keep ...
I like my books to have a plot you can keep up with. This one seemed to lose its way by trying to be too deep
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
It was ok,passed the time.
Published 8 months ago by Barbara
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 12 months ago by naz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 14 months ago by Ruby Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars Over rated and dangerous.
Where do you start. First its style of language does not read well, but in my ignorance I'll attribute that to it being a translation. Read more
Published 14 months ago by RL Cloherty
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange novel
Recommended to me but I did not rate this novel very much, so disappointed and very short. Not as good as I thought it would be
Published on 30 Nov. 2012 by valmh
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious crap
Don't waste you money - even if it's offered free! there is nothing sophisticated or artistic about this book. Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by Geoff Townley
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