Story of the Eye

Story of the Eye

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ISBN-13: 9780872862098
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Edition description: 1st City Lights ed
Pages: 103
Sales rank: 240,038
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dovid Bergelson, one of the most renowned and influential writers of the 1900s, was born in Ocrimovo, Ukraine, in 1884. In 1952, at the age of 68, after four years of prison, he died a victim of Stalin's police. His work as a writer and literary man spans a period of approximately thirty years.

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Jean Paul Sartre

"Bataille denudes himself, exposes himself, his exhibitionism aims at destroying all literature. He has a holocaust of words. The tale speaks about man's condition, not his nature. His tone recalls the scornful aggressiveness of the surrealist. The tale has survived the death of God. In him, reality is conflict."

Susan Sontag

"Bataille's work...indicated the aesthetic possibilities of pornography as an art form: 'Story of the Eye' being the most accomplished artistically of all pornographic prose I've read."

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Story of the Eye 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is into (or merely interested) in sexual extremes should not pass this book up. A very visual, almost hypnotic story, I've read it three times already, and passed it on to a friend, with the promise that I will definitely get it back. Definitely beyond its time and the most darkly erotic, satisfying books I have read.
TakeItOrLeaveIt on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sexual debauchery at its finest and most French. My cup of tea.
a_n_itch on LibraryThing 8 months ago
"...peculiarly satisfied with our mutual presences, akin to one another in the common isolation of lewdness, weariness, and absurdity."
amydross on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Straining so hard to be deviant, it winds up merely silly. In a fictional world with no limits, where nothing is forbidden, this catalog of perversities turns out to be pretty dull. The ten pages or so of this edition that were not about sex did turn out to be interesting, though -- it's far more worthwhile to read Bataille's self-analysis at the end than any of the self-conscious smut that came before.Also, I really wish I had bothered to read this in French. A lot of the dirty terms felt off to me, and I wondered what they were in the original.
poetontheone on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A quick and slightly disturbing read full of beautifully crafted imagery and grotesque surrealism.
TTAISI-Editor on LibraryThing 8 months ago
On the one hand, Bataille's short novel still retains some power to shock and disturb; its hyper-sexualized characters hardly make for blasé reading. On the other hand, its power is definitely muted by our hyper-sexualized society, in which women are often viewed as "Simone" was, namely a lovely plaything for sex of all kinds, in which she is supposed to be (or claims to be) a more-than-willing participant. As for the power of the eye itself, this is best left to readers to uncover...One thing is most definitely true: without an understanding of its early-20th century context, "The Story of the Eye" would make no sense!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was beautiful and destructive. I didn't want it to end. You're teased with an outline of a sequel even, at the end. The sexuality in the story blew my mind. Even though it is not something I would personally experiment with, I found something on every page that I though was fascinating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a very good, raw, and interesting fast read and turn on