Roberte CE Soir and the Edict of Nantes

Roberte CE Soir and the Edict of Nantes

by Pierre Klossowski
     
 

Like the works of Georges Bataille, and those of the Marquis de Sade before him, Klossowski's erotic fiction explores the connections between the mind and body. This pair of short novels merges the sexual misadventures of Octave, his striking young wife Roberte, and their nephew Antoine, with Klossowski's philosophical and theological concerns. Roberte Ce Soir is a… See more details below

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Like the works of Georges Bataille, and those of the Marquis de Sade before him, Klossowski's erotic fiction explores the connections between the mind and body. This pair of short novels merges the sexual misadventures of Octave, his striking young wife Roberte, and their nephew Antoine, with Klossowski's philosophical and theological concerns. Roberte Ce Soir is a dramatic enactment of Octave's ritual of hospitality in which Roberte offers herself to any guest who desires her, and The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes relates Roberte's predicament when she is forced to censor this same play. The resulting text represents one of the most provocative intellectual and sexual discourses of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - 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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