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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When it was first brought out, by a publisher specialising in erotica (in a series containing such titles as Les Passions de Gisèle and Les Plaisirs défendus), this text very likely puzzled, and possibly disappointed some of its readers. True enough there was the erotic element - a little lesbianism, a touch of S & M - but it was by no means the customary sequence of ...more
Paperback, Limited Edition of 300, 88 pages
Published 1999 by Atlas Press (first published 1931)
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May 28, 2016 Shawn rated it liked it
This slim (88 pages) novella is a charming oddity, part of @tlas Press's PRINTED HEAD limited edition series of dada and surrealist ephemera. Its origins are obscure, its provenance base, and yet it certainly entertains.

SHORT VERSION: Those buying this in 1931 got exactly what they were expecting, and a lot more. What they were expecting, from a small imprint specializing in light erotica and kink, was a story that included Lesbianism, some dominance and submission and small amounts of disciplin
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Sep 17, 2012 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: crypto-papist turncoats
Recommended to Nate D by: demonic Buddhists
Pseudonymously published by probable (still disputed) surrealists via a pulp press in 1931, this ridiculous and wildly entertaining little novel is set in a 1940s-ish Europe newly conquered by the satanic forces of a unified Asia. Since the demonic easterners are largely more interesting than their supposedly virtuous adversaries, the whole story dances between the glowing orientalist fascination of its era, the raging xenophobia of its era, and probably some kind of parodic excess of both of ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
Another gem from Atlas Press, this wonderfully weird "erotica" is also a French science fiction book concerning the titular Asian princess who presides over a totalitarian society in which practicing Christian cells are hunted down. One memorable scene involves the Popess, who receives all of her instructions from a fiendish occult head, arranging the inverted crucifixion of the Pope on the Eiffel Tower so that she can watch his dying moments while her sapphic secretary goes down on her. ...more
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Apr 09, 2013 Anna Prejanò rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eccessivo, bizzarro e cialtrone mette in scena il dramma burlesco della fine del mondo (nell’anno 199...), preceduta dal trionfo dell’Oriente sull’Occidente, dalla crocifissione di Pio XIII in cima alla Torre Eiffel e dall’abiura di Benedetto XVIII, apostata e sposo della Papessa del Diavolo. Tra orge, decapitazioni, torture, mandarini cinesi a capo della polizia di una Parigi dalla toponomastica stravolta, dove strade e piazze hanno preso il nome di scrittori surrealisti e dadaisti o di demoni ...more
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