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Emmanuelle by Emmanuelle Arsan

This now classic book of erotica is, alongside Story of O, the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit. Written by the wife of a diplomat in the French Foreign Service, it takes the form of an autobiographical novel, wich it may or may not be.

As the story opens, Emmanuelle is boarding a plane in London to rejoin her husband in Bangkok. She finds herself powerfully compelled by the overnight passenger seated beside her, and before she has landed, her irrepressible sensual nature has begun to open wide vistas of sexual possibility. As the novel continues, she moves easily from the waiting arms of her husband to intimacies with the wives of his business associates to further explorations and experiences in which the subtle aesthetics of eroticism are expounded -- and enacted -- to their fullest.

Emmanuelle, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since its initial clandestine publication in France, relates the movement of a woman from an unconscious to a profoundly conscious sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802122353
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 276,454
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emmanuelle Arsan is the pseudonym of Marayat and Louis Jacques Rollet-Andriane. Emmanuelle was initially revealed to be written by Marayat, in order to conceal the identity of her husband, a French diplomat stationed in Thailand. Several more novels were published under the Emmanuelle Arsan moniker, including Emmanuelle II.

Lowell Bair (translator) translated Madame Bovary, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Phantom of the Opera, among many other novels.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard so much about this book over the years and couldn't wait to read it. What a waste of time and effort. I had read it was on par with The Story of O and all it has in common is the style for the time period. It had no substance, was pretty stupid especially in the beginning. I could not wait to delete this piece of garbage off my nook. I hate to admit I read the freaking thing from cover to cover hoping it would get better but it only got worse. Save yourself some time and skip this classic and go read something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago