Roberte CE Soir and the Edict of Nantes

Roberte CE Soir and the Edict of Nantes

by Pierre Klossowski
     
 
Two vibrant tales of sex, religion and the philosophy of freedom.

Together these two novels comprise one of the most fascinating, obsessive and erotic works of contemporary' fiction. Both feature Octave, an elderly scholar, his striking young wife and their nephew, Antoine. In Roberte Ce Soir, the heroine, at the instigation of her husband, engages in a ritual of

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Two vibrant tales of sex, religion and the philosophy of freedom.

Together these two novels comprise one of the most fascinating, obsessive and erotic works of contemporary' fiction. Both feature Octave, an elderly scholar, his striking young wife and their nephew, Antoine. In Roberte Ce Soir, the heroine, at the instigation of her husband, engages in a ritual of hospitality in which she offers herself to any guest who shows desire for her. In The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, she sets herself the task of exploring the world of sexual perversion. The ultimate goal of her scandalous yet farcical quest is the achievement of complete freedom.

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Library Journal
"Pornography with intellectual pretensions," said LJ's reviewer of this 1969 double volume, which was the first English translation of these works. Both texts offer a plethora of psychosexual banter and situations. "Liberal libraries with avant-garde aspirations might want to acquire this." (LJ 4/1/69) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394172576
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1969

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Maurice Blanchot
Here is a work that is principally literary, even if its richness and its strangeness give one the right to see in it the suggestion of a new gnosis. As a literary work, it brings to literature what, since Lautreamont and perhaps always, it has lacked: I will call it the hilarity of the serious, a humor that goes much further than the promises of this word, a force that is not only parodic or a force of derision, but calls forth a burst of laughter and points to laughter as the goal or ultimate meaning of a theology . . . Roberte ce soir is in this regard a marvelous book.
(Maurice Blanchot, from Friendship)

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