Friday, February 3, 2012

Bataille, Georges: Story of the Eye

As with the previous posting, computer problems (probably mine rather than the equipment) mean this should have appeared
last year! Apparently, this is considered a major surrealist text which came out in four versions, this translation being based on the 1928 original. The short book is a loosely linked series of pornographic episodes with a strong element of sadism and scatological detail. No great development of character leaves the main characters anything but rounded with their personalities relating only to the sexual acts in which they are involved - many of them more than a little unlikely.
The Pengui edition I have includes essays by Sontag and Barthes.

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