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Story of the Eye Paperback – 1 Jan 1979
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About the Author
Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French essayist and novelist, was born in Billom, France. He converted to Catholicism, then later to Marxism, and was interested in psychoanalysis and mysticism, forming a secret society dedicated to glorifying human sacrifice. Leading a simple life as the curator of a municipal library, Bataille was involved on the fringes of Surrealism, founding the Surrealist magazine Documents in 1929, and editing the literary review Critique from 1946 until his death. Among his other works are the novels Blue of Noon (1957) and My Mother (1966), and the essays Eroticism (1957) and Literature and Evil (1957). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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He gives us self-psychoanalysis via Freudian dream theory. The relevance of the obscene use of the eye and the fluids and the Oedipal role of Marcelle. So the first part isn't just the 'lewdest of meanings' rather they are 'deformed dreams'. And thus it is literature not just porn, I think.
I was a little repulsed by this book; the amount of urine that is passed during the sexual encounters was not only difficult to read about but was terribly misogynistic. It's animalistic, and Simone has a penchant for eggs; there are a good few pages where Simone throws said eggs into the toilet and there her obsession grows to an obscene amount. The final scene is an aggressive orgy event; here we see the three kill a man and use his dead body as part of the proceedings. So yes, that's a thing.
Did I enjoy this? No? Am I glad I've read it, yes? (is that a weird thing to say?) I've never read something quite so out there and aggressive in nature. I'm not sure why it's been written other than the author to say - right I'm just going write whatever the hell I want and see what people say about it.Read more ›
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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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 22 months ago by Lionel Roars
From what I remember, this is essentially a book about two people weeing on each other. Pretentious twaddle.Published 24 months ago by Lee Ainscough
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 deepPublished on 17 July 2015 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 16 July 2014 by RL Cloherty