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Roberte Ce Soir & The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (French Literature)

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Together these two novels comprise the most fascinating, obsessive, and erotic works of contemporary Frech fiction. Like the works of Georges Bataille, and those of the Marquis de Sade before him, Klossowski's fiction explores the connections between the mind and the body through a lens of sexuality. Both of these novels feature Octave, an elderly cleric; his striking youn ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1989)
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mark monday
AUNT ROBERTE: "As a calm and clear-eyed atheist, member of Parliament, censor in the Ministry of Information, and advocate for reason triumphing over emotion, I hereby condemn my senescent husband Octave and his inane predilections: his imagination - so fervid and drooling; his interests - so panting and voyeuristic; his priorities - art and sex over progress and reason; his very perspective - so convinced that there is beauty in sin, so convinced that "beauty" and "sin" even exist. This modern ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
These are two novels. The second one, "The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes," is in a diary form, the alternating respective entries in the diaries of the young and beautiful Roberte and that of her aging philosopher/ecclesiastic husband, Octave. They narrate, from their own perspectives, what supposedly happened in the first novel, written like a play, which carries Roberte's name. In that sense, it is almost impossible to not read both novels in tandem.

I have had some background in scholastic
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Howard
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe
These are two novellas written in 1953 and 1959 connected by common characters being Roberte, her husband Octave and adopted nephew Antoine. The first book is majority a dialogue analysing person and perception (do we really know anyone?) with sexual overtones and religious belief. The second appears to me to be a more detailed story building to the underlying history of Roberte as a 1943 nurse in liberated Italy and the (her own imagined?) dark psyche of Vittorio, a double-crosser known by a Na ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
A classic example of strange post-war French literature that fuses eroticism and theology ala Scholastic philosophy.
Weird? Yes. Interesting? At times.

The transgressive acts that the work relates, that it enacts and puts the reader into relation with; such is the working of this work; the transgressive temptation that is freedom.

As Klossowski writes, "But what else is temptation but that surging thrust of freedom which transports us out of ourselves?" (85).

The surge of freedom that is transgress
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Maddy
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I preferred the latter story and in that I preferred Octavio's journals but that is probably because I am more like a pompous voyeuristic old man with an interest in esoteric art then I want to admit.
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Literature and Philosophy have never been so entwined, only matched by Maurice Blanchot, Thomas the Obscure or Holderling poem The Ister.
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