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The homoerotic novel Teleny is an important antithesis to the prudish idealism of the neo-classic and neo-romantic lyric love poetry of the fin du siecle. It is a work of unmasking the cynical double moral standards of the Victorian era: The love of Camille and Teleny is shattered by social reprisals. The book was published in 1893 in 200 copies by Leonard Smithers who pra...more
Nid., 236 pages
Published 2006 by Gummerus (first published 1893)
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I have to admit that I AM a prude. I found this book a little embarrassing to read in public, but once I started, I really couldn't stop. It is an erotic novel, but it is extremely well-written. The book isn't quite in Oscar Wilde's style, but that can be attributed to the fact that he supposedly wrote this with several others.

The characters were well-developed, and I found the main character, Camille Des Grieux, extremely sweet. It seemed to me in the beginning like the two characters had been...more
I really wanted to rate this book highly. The language is beautiful. It has a more-or-less coherent story arc. Both qualities are not what one expects in porn. Four stars for style.

Four stars for covering the bases, i.e. the basics of queer erotic life. He covers rape fantasies, masochism, voyeurism, and many more I'm sure I'm forgetting.

Four stars for capturing the essence of love in the Decadent style.

Minus MANY MANY stars for the horrendous, and to me inexplicable description of the rape of...more
Did Oscar Wilde write it? Who cares? You don't read this book because you want to check another title off your "I've read everything Oscar Wilde wrote" list. You read this book because it's a product of the times Oscar was living in. This is Victorian erotica/porn/literature! You'll learn just as much about the period from this book as anything written at that time, and along with the education, you'll get a few smiles and a few sniffles.
“Teleny” é um clássico da literatura erótica, publicado pela primeira vez em 1893, e cuja autoria é atribuida a Oscar Wilde.
Conta a história de amor entre o jovem Camille De Grieux e um pianista hungaro, René Teleny.
É um livro de uma grande beleza e riqueza literária.
No entanto, e porque se trata de um romance erótico de natureza homossexual, para poder ser devidamente apreciado é necessário ter “ligeireza” de mente.
Gostei muito!
I read Teleny for my Finnish assignment for controversial literature. I had been intrigued to read it before, and this was a good chance to kill two birds, even if it meant I had to read the translated version. I read some of the original on the side as well but I have to say that this was one of the rare occasions where the narrative actually benefittd from the translation – albeit it made the dialogue a little corny, but I don't count that because it's mainly due to cultural differences and oc...more
Overall I enjoyed the book. It was very graphic, and so not for the faint of heart. And by graphic I don't mean necessarily in the gaudy macabre way that a gorefest movie is graphic, but in the more sophisticated late 19th century way, where sexual or violent acts exist in sharp contrast to heightened language and luxurious prose style ment to mimic the surroundings of the leisure classes during that period. However, my initial impression of the book was unfavorable, because the author (supposed...more
Nov 20, 2013 Rowan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scholars of Victorian porn
The result of a Round Robin writing effort (which may or may not have included Oscar Wilde, but I highly doubt it because Wilde can actually write), Teleny makes for a very uneven read. It's highly repetitive, but I suppose that is the nature of erotica (though I must commend these characters for their stamina). The book is interesting as a cultural document, not so interesting as a novel. Whoever wrote the last section deserves to be slapped for inserting, in such a heavy handed manner, so many...more
Jesús A. Rentería
Si han leído un libro sin saber de qué va a tratar me entenderán.
Cuando encontré este libro me atreví a leerlo porque no había leído más cosas de Oscar Wilde y le di oportunidad al libro.
Comencé la lectura y me topé con muchísimas metáforas (cosa que me encanta) y con una relación homosexual. Sí, de eso va el libro.
En las sociedades antiguas los enamorados del mismo sexo debían, por sobre todas las cosas, ocultar su amor ante los demás. Hoy en día estas relaciones son más aceptadas por algunas...more
Joji Grey
One of the only erotic novels I will ever read over and over again. It is as tragic as it is spellbinding. Perfectly placed descriptions and gruesome detail in the best and worst places. One of my top 5 favourite books ever written.
I seriously took my time before actually reviewing this on purpose. I just had to think about what on Earth I just read.

So lets go by parts:

- I was recommended this book because I was looking for gay characters to read about. As a straight guy with no gay-friends (at least not that I know of) I have little to know idea how exactly homosexual relationships work. However, for a story, I needed to add a gay character so off to research I went. The last books I remember to read with gay characters i...more
André Benjamim
Teleny ou O Reverso da Medalha, de Oscar Wilde. Durante anos pensei que já tinha lido tudo o que Oscar Wilde escrevera. Porque razão esta obra me passou ao lado não sei bem. Talvez porque nunca me interessou por aí além a vida dos escritores, mas tão-só a suas obras. Talvez por isso esta obra de Oscar Wilde tenha para mim permanecido no limbo do desconhecido. Porém, de cada vez que entro numa livraria ou alfarrabista, lá vou ver dos meus autores dilectos, ainda que saiba de antemão que não vou e...more
André Benjamim
Teleny ou O Reverso da Medalha, de Oscar Wilde. Durante anos pensei que já tinha lido tudo o que Oscar Wilde escrevera. Porque razão esta obra me passou ao lado não sei bem. Talvez porque nunca me interessou por aí além a vida dos escritores, mas tão-só a suas obras. Talvez por isso esta obra de Oscar Wilde tenha para mim permanecido no limbo do desconhecido. Porém, de cada vez que entro numa livraria ou alfarrabista, lá vou ver dos meus autores dilectos, ainda que saiba de antemão que não vou e...more
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Nicolas Baygert
Ce texte sulfureux demeuré longtemps en clandestinité, d’abord nourri de contributions multiples et finalement repris dans son intégralité par Wilde pénètre dans les soubassements libidineux et craintes intimes du célèbre dandy.

Présenté comme une étude physiologiste, Teleny dépeint la complétude du génie musagète ; l’attirance quasi surnaturelle – télépathique – entre deux êtres que l’on croirait issu du mythe d’Aristophane, qui depuis leur première confrontation, ne cherchent qu’à s'enlacer da...more
This was definitely a better read than Sins of the Cities of the Plain. There was more of a plot going on, for one thing, even if I already knew how it was going to end before I read it (that's the problem with stupid websites selling you books and spoiling you! *pout*) - it didn't matter much in the end, because it made me pick up on the lovely dramatic irony a lot better, so that was good.
The language and register was a lot different from Sins of... too, definitely a very 'aesthete' book, thou...more
Arguably the most famous 19th-century queer erotica, but definitely not the best! Reading this has given me a better sense of where something like Sins of the Cities of the Plain stands, which I had not originally been able to give a rating to. This one was attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle which is why it is well-known, but his affiliation with it is a bit dubious and I'd rather dissociate him from it now that I've read it in full. For pornography it is really not good. The focus is real...more
Lara Biyuts
Reading one heterosexual bed scene in the book, I was surprised with the fact that the scene was as long and explicit as those in my own books, with the only difference: the bedroom scenes in my books are wholly dedicated to male love; otherwise, the authors of Teleny could be authors of my homoerotic stories; but it must be said again that I’ve not read the book through, and most likely, some new surprises are waiting for me in the book--but not the ending, for we know that the ending is tragic...more
Luis Miguel
Definitivamente uno de los mejores libros que he leído en mi vida. No quiero decir que el mejor porque sería como decir que dejaré la lectura para siempre. Pero dudo que pronto llegue un libro que me cautive como lo hizo Teleny.

Si eres de los lectores que aprecian las obras de amor; en las que amar se pagan muy caro, debes leer este libro.

Se dice que esta obra tiene por autor al anonimato, pero ¿y eso qué importa?; bendita la o las manos que dieron vida a Teleny.

Debo decir que cada escena sexual...more
What an effective erotic story... maybe a little too much. I never bought how much Teleny and Camille were in love though, the way it was written it was more being in lust. I liked the words thought it is well written with well chosen words though in the end I really think it was written only to titillate (to be a piece a "smut").

Now, on the whole did Oscar Wilde write it or not? I am a skeptic, I tend to agree with people out there who says it is a piece of parody who has been ascribed to an au...more
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Jan 14, 2008 W.B. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
This is really ridiculous pseudo-porn. It's often attributed to Wilde but I don't think he wrote it. The style is more redolent of a Wilde-olater. It presumably turned porn-starved gay men on back in the 19th century; it amused those who appreciated camp in the 1950s and 1960s; now it just seems stupid. A Wilde hoax...his name just used to sell books. A lot of pointless "burning" and "seething" by the male protagonist and his coveted beloved. Craptacular and a total waste of money you could have...more
Henrik Enqvist
Vanhanaikaisesti kävi,Lähes täydellisen Dorian Grayn muotokuvan jälkeen oli pakko lukea lisää Oscar Wildeä.Käteen sattui Teleny,joten mnyt voin sanoa lukeneeni homoeroottispornografisen romaanin.Jälkisanojen mukaan kirjoittajan henkilöllisyys on lisäksi vielä epäilyksen alla.Parasta antia oli ehkä jälkisanat,joiden psykoanalyysi kuullosti hauskan poliittisesti epäkorrektilta.

Juu ja kaikenlaista pornografiaa on oikein jännä lukea julkisissa kulkuvälineissä.
It was difficult to get through the chapter that describes, in painful detail, the rape of a servant...claiming that she somehow got pleasure from the struggle(!) That being said, this was a beautifully honest, well-written account of how one man navigated through Victorian society while carrying out an all-consuming love affair with another man. Written by Wilde or not, this pseudo-erotic novel could make even the most progressive person blush in the twenty-first century.
Sarah Giffen
The bottle scene made me gasp out loud on my way to work... x.x
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Visceral, uncomfortable, often quite stimulating. Sex, sex, and more sex: true porn. Victorian-style, which apparently means lots of burning hot jizz and broken-hearts, obsession, blood, shit and piss. Oh yeah, "love" (whatever that means to a Victorian) and death.

Why didn't I have to read this when I was an undergrad?
well I read this and thought what a pitty they have spices and silk pillows on thier partys and we have poppers and old industrial sets to fuck around
but what ever its nice to read about love !
so bright and coulor full love the description of the jewlery !
The best Victorian gay porn I've ever read.

Well, the only Victorian gay porn I've ever read. But who can say no to that? You can read it in an evening and it's a fantastic guilty pleasure that you can tell yourself is an academic study of historical eroticism=)
“En la sombra tú eres mi luz”.
“Enfrentarse astutamente al enemigo, es tener ganada media batalla”.
“Pues a menudo amamos a nuestros seres queridos en razón proporcional a los sacrificios que nos imponemos por ellos”.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E...more
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