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First published anonymously in France in 1928, Le Con d'Irene, is the last 'lost' masterpiece of Surrealist erotica. Likes Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (published the same year), Irene's Cunt is an intensely poetic account, the story of a man's torment when he becomes fixated upon the genitalia of an imaginary woman and is reduced to voyeuristically scoping 'her' er ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published 1970 by Grove Press (first published 1928)
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Milton Cubicle
its such a moving story about irene and her best friend, her c**t. Biten by a radioactive spider her c**t comes to life in this hillarious and tragic holocaust black comedy romantic drama.
Kurt
For years I tried to find out who this incredible writer was. My copy is under the name Albert de Routtisie, same translation.

Camus called it "The finest of all works touching on eroticism" but it's even more than that.

Some other reviewers gave the basics, a paraplegic man is used as captive audience by his wife and daughter who engage in a range of perversions with farm hands.

The real story is his increasing enjoyment of these supposed 'tortures', his growing sense that he holds the reigns of
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Angela Meyer
Beautiful and strange. Eroticism, obsession, imagination and the abyss. True to surrealism in its dream-states (it begins, 'Don't wake me, for God's sake...') and its depictions of flesh, from poetic admiration to the grotesque. And outside-inside, inside-out. In one part, an invalid's sex life lives only (but vividly and even gleefully) inside his head. Camus liked it. I did too.
Howard
This came up as a recommendation from my ‘naughty classics’ list, written in 1928. It is a rather short novella by an early surrealist founder Louis Aragon (a once friend of Andre Breton). It is a strange mix of surrealism, art, autobiography and rather sexually explicit with little developed story – Albert Camus apparently liked the novella.

It appears to be a reflection of Aragon’s relationship with Nancy Cunard, a roaring Twenties English femme fatale. It is basically a foul mouthed but reada
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Don't remember this at all. No doubt I read it b/c it was porn written by a Surrealist. The back cover tells me that it's about a paralyzed old man who gets his sexual experience by watching other people have sex thru peepholes. The real translation of the original French title wd be "Irene's Cunt" but Grove probably cdn't get away w/ that at the time.
Rich
The French have a way with things we won't even talk about.
Sesho Maru
Really the most shocking thing about this book was its title but the actual novel itself was pretty sedate. There's nothing in here much worse than Henry Miller and even though it's labeled as "Surrealist Erotica" on the back I didn't feel it was "surreal" at all. But maybe I'm looking at it through a 21st century POV instead of 1928, when this was published. Aragon was one of the founding members of Surrealism but that doesn't make this book surrealist. It was a decent short read, but pretty mu ...more
Evan
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Pedro Ferreira
Este é daqueles títulos que li porque um amigo me recomendou, porque o título me cativou e porque há muito sentia curiosidade pelos movimentos surrealistas. Na minha opinião o livro começa bastante bem, vai-se tornando confuso e engraçado pelo meio, mas perde toda a piada quando o autor se começa a perder com descrições absurdas, confusas e bastante chatas.
Rihab Kiidmel
Un texte immense qui aurait été épuré par le temps. Tout ce qui est superflue, maladroit, redondant, agressif a été érodé, gommé. Seul l’essentiel demeure. J’aime les associations, insolites, inattendues, décalées..L'absence de verbes donne des idées, ouvre une porte. On se sent à la ligne de partage des eaux, on ne sait si le flot va s'orienter vers la mer mediterrannée ou vers l'atlantique. Il y a une certaine pleinitude dans le désespoir.. J'ai tout simplement adoré !
Nick Ramsey
I read this book, first, because it was really short and a nice diversion during the run-up to finals week and, second, because William T. Vollmann cited it as a major influence to his not-so-short book The Royal Family. Vollmann mentioned in an interview that he thought the book had some "pretty sentences." I think that is about all that can or should be said about it.
Leonardo Rodríguez
Hasta en los momentos menos aventurados, "Le con d'Irène" me asombra. A la segunda vuelta y en versión original (con una little help del diccionario), se ferocidad poética me ha gustado todavía más. Bella y económica edición de Mercure de France. Sugestivo el breve prólogo de Sollers.
Red
dear mr. aragon,

forgive me to write you a few lines.
paris peasant was so much fun.
and irene's c**t just wasn't.
to state it bluntly.

the french are famous for oh la la.
and you spoiled it.
why? if a girl let you down,
don't be angry! it's a game
remember.

so give it an other try.
EH
No conozco nada tan hermoso nada que me procure hasta ese extremo una sensacin de fuerza, como la vulva cuando se la alcanza por detrs. ...more
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Poet, novelist, and essayist, a founder of Surrealism with Paul Éluard, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, and others. Aragon's work reflects the principal trends of thought of the 20th century – he was also a political activist and spokesman for communism. His influence on the theory of the novel and on poetic theory was considerable.
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“And when she’s alone again, as truly alone in the world as she’s always felt herself to be, she looks at herself in a bamboo-framed mirror. Beautiful face, aglow with the taste of carnal pleasure, disdainful and avid … and above all an indefinable look in which can be sensed unspecified danger, sensuality triumphant and a sort of intoxicating vulgarity. She likes what she sees … around her drifts a great brunette fragrance, scent of happy brunette, in which the idea of others dissolves.” 6 likes
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