Story of the Eye
by Georges Bataille, Joachim Neugroschal
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A masterpiece of transgressive, surrealist eroticism, Georges Bataille, Histoire de l’ Oeil, was one of Grey’s Fifty Nuances of his time.This Penguin Modern Classics edition is translated by Joachim Neugroschal, and published with texts by Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes.Battle of the first novel, published under the pseudonym Lord Auch”, is even more famous workIn this explicit pornographic fantasy, the young narrator and his love of Simone and Marcelle embark on a sexual quest involving sadism, torture, orgies, madness and filth, culminating in a final act of transgression.Shocking and sacrilegious, Histoire de l’ Œil is the most complete expression of the battle of obsession and closeness to sex, violence and death.However, it is also hallucinogenic which is in its power, and is one of the classic erotic ones of the twentieth century.This edition also includes Susan Sontag’s superb study of pornography and art,”The Pornographic Character of Imagination”, as well as Roland Barthes’ essay “The Metaphor of the Eye”.Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French, essayist and novelist, was born in Billom, France.He converted to Catholicism, then later to Marxism, and became interested in psychoanalysis and mysticism, forming a secret society dedicated to glorifying the sacrifice of mankind.Conducting a simple life, as the curator of the Bataille municipal library participated in the edge of Surrealism, the foundation of the magazine Surréaliste Documents in 1929, and the publication of the literary review La Critique from 1946 until his death.Among his other works are the novels Bleu de Midi (1957) and Ma Mère (1966), and the essays of Erotism (1957) and Literature and Evil (1957).If you have enjoyed the History of the Eye, you could, like Anaïs Nin from the Venus Delta, also be available in Penguin Modern Classics.”His black masterpiece[a] brilliant, delightfully fetishistic fetish sex tale agitaion’ New statesman’.
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