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Aphrodite: Book One

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One of literature's erotic masterpieces
Vol. I Artwork by Milo Manara

Aphrodite is a masterpiece of French 19th century literature. This classical tale of sensuous love was one of the best-selling novels of its time. Published in 1896, Aphrodite made Pierre Louÿs famous and was by far his greatest success, surpassing that of his other well-know works such as The Songs of Bil

Hardcover, 1st edition, 54 pages
Published October 1999 by Humanoids (first published 1896)
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May 01, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
Aphrodite is a short novel by the French decadent writer Pierre Louÿs. Set in Alexandria during the first century BC, it tells the story of the courtesan Chrysis and the sculptor Demetrios (who happens to be the lover of the queen, Berenice). Demetrios becomes obsessed with Chrysis, but to win her he must bring her three gifts, and the obtaining of each of these three gifts involves a great crime. Demetrios has another obsession, his statue of Aphrodite, a statue more perfect than any living wom ...more
My father told me wanted to name me "Afrodite", luckily my mother didn't let him. For as beautifull as the concept may be, the sound of it is really strange and nobody (that I know of) is called like that. Venus, the homonimous latin name for the godess, is much more appealing to me, but I got "Sofia" instead, wich I begun to like as soon as I found out it means "knowledge" in greek. But only a very few people call me that anyway...

Regarding this particular version of the book, a 19th century fr
Feb 17, 2009 Jenn rated it really liked it
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Sep 22, 2011 Orion rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times. The combination of Louys' text and Manara's art in volume 1 is a sure winner. Originally published in France with the original French text, this English version chooses an anonymous, but wonderful, translation from the 1920's.

Following a long tradition of publishing this work with sensuous illustrations, Humanoids, a French publisher, took a 19th century erotic novel by Pierre Louys and divided it into four hardbound books, eac
Sep 11, 2012 Pam rated it it was ok
I am sure this book is a work of pure literary genius to a lot of people. I don't think my brain has the capacity to see it as that. I felt like I was in school while reading this book.

Don't get me wrong, it's beautifully written. And for Mr. Louys to be writing fiction about such topics as lesbian love, infidelity, and prostitution in the 1930's says a great deal. He took a large step. However, the "thys" and the "doths" among others just got be a bit too much. Call me simple-minded, I'm sorry!
Jul 29, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Awesome image near the end of Aphrodite. This is a well-written book by a little-known author from the late 1800's.
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Born in Belgium. in 1870, but moved to France where he would spend the rest of his life. He was a friend of authors André Gide and Oscar Wilde, and of composer Claude Debussy.
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