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Irene's Cunt by Louis Aragon
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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 power, a shifting of erotic sensation onto the changing colors and smells of the seasons, and finally his ascent into "the blue kingdom of the flies", a godlike psychic state. The final chapters are luminous and morse-code-like, signalling a new reality.

Aragon used a pornographic setting as the most suitable jumping off point to this erotic-spiritual epiphany.







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message 2: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu I read the original French version. This was Aragon's masterpiece, certainly. The prose was the most beautiful that I've ever encountered. Perhaps the saddest erotic work...


message 1: by Kurt (last edited Nov 08, 2010 01:22AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kurt I can barely imagine how this reads in the original, it's tears-in-the-eyes beautiful, assuming you can connect to the surrealist sensibility.

I would like to know of any other works by Aragon that even approximate the power of this book.


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