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Story of the Eye

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A classic of French Surrealism, Georges Bataille's first novel is widely regarded as the erotic masterpiece of this century. It appears here together with two illuminating essays: Susan Sontag's study of the literature of sex, 'The Pornographic Imagination', and Roland Barthes' critical essay on the text, 'The Metaphor of the Eye'.
Paperback, 127 pages
Published October 26th 1982 by Penguin Books (UK) (first published 1928)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Ο Μαύρος Ερωτισμός του Μπατάιγ.

"Ο Μπατάιγ σπεύδει εξαρχής να διευκρινίσει ότι διαφοροποιεί ριζικά τον ερωτισμό από τη σεξουαλικότητα: ο πρώτος ανήκει τελεσίδικα στην εσωτερική ζωή του ανθρώπου και σηματοδοτεί ουσιαστικά το πέρασμα από το ζώο στον άνθρωπο. Η σεξουαλική δραστηριότητα των ανθρώπων δεν είναι απαραιτήτως ερωτική, διατείνεται ο Μπατάιγ, αλλά διεκδικεί αυτόν τον χαρακτηρισμό μόνο όταν δεν είναι υποτυπώδης, δηλαδή απλώς ζωική. Ο ερωτισμός αποστρέφεται τη μεθοδική και μετρημένη δράση, ε
mark monday
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take the sex act and strip away the burden of reality and what do you have?

take two characters and make them fuck. you are the author and they are your puppets. they will do anything you want. does fucking equal life? can fucking be a form of transgression? so be it, make it so. add another character. a menage! subtract that character, the poor thing. have your characters fuck right next to her cold hanging corpse. they are fucking death! add another character,
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, eros, french
What the hell did I just read? -_-

I have enough trouble digesting genre erotica as it is, but this came out of the blue and hit me like a burning meteor shattering everything of the self-knowledge of my sense of desire. Don’t get me wrong, prude I am not; I love my erotic writing, sexual investigations, the Freudian truths, and sexual fantasies too, speaking of which, this is a twisted sexual fantasy overwhelmed by its own craziness and charged with an assemblage of layered symbolism, wherein a
Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
Από την αρχή, από τη φράση της Σιμόν «Τα πιάτα είναι για να καθόμαστε» φαίνεται ξεκάθαρα η διάθεση μιας ανατροπής. Μια ανατροπή που στο τέλος θα αποκαλυφθεί πως έχει ως στόχο απλώς να αποκαταστήσει τις χαμένες ισορροπίες. Η σχέση του αφηγητή με τη Σιμόν γεννά έναν δεσμό που προσπαθεί να βρει έναν τρόπο να συνδυάσει τον έρωτα και τον θάνατο. Να βιώσει το ένα στο έπακρο και να εξορκίσει το άλλο. Κάτι που περιγράφεται στη σκηνή του αυτοκινητιστικού ατυχήματος. Δύο παιδιά που προσπαθούν να αυτοπροσδ ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
On Pornography

"The question is not whether pornography, but the quality of the pornography."

Paul Goodman

Pornography is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal.

I wonder why it is such a big no-no with some people. What are they thinking? What do they want us to think?

* Pornography is evil/ immoral/ naughty, because sexual arousal is evil/ immoral/ naughty?

* Alternatively, sexual arousal is OK, but the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter is evil/
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
وقتی گاو با آن حرکات سریع و وحشیانه بارها به طرف شنل گاوباز هجوم میبرد و فقط میتواند شاخهایش را به بدن گاوباز بساید و بس، این منظره برای هر تماشاگری یادآور آن یورش مکرر در بازی همخوابگی است. به همین ترتیب نزدیکی خود به مرگ را هم میتوان حس کرد. اما این حرکات حیرتانگیز و چشمگیر نادرند. از همین رو هر بار که اتفاق میافتند هیجان و جنونی تمام عیار میدان را فرا میگیرد و همه میدانند که بعد از این لحظات پرهیجان زنها رانهایشان را به هم میمالند

داستان یک چشم، یک داستان دشوار و اروتیکی بسیار غیر متعارف است و
MJ Nicholls
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MJ by: Jasmine
The last orgy I attended was in Dundee. I turned up two minutes late, improperly dressed (my gimp mask hadn’t been drycleaned in time), and offended the host by complimenting him on his lovely breasts, and even more cracking vagina. I was told to gently lube the testicles of a history teacher for the first romp—clearly the host was furious with me, as the history teacher was my own father—then invited over for a little frottage against the pelvis of a divorced Cher impersonator. She sang ‘Gypsie ...more
Printable Tire
Apr 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perverts. idiots.
This book was unabashedly, humiliatingly retarded. It's the kind of book that's so famous and then you read it and wonder if someone is pulling a practical joke on you.

I've read better fanfic porn.
Barry Pierce
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal rights activists
Read this for my dissertation.
As a narrative, it's somewhat messy. As erotica, it's somewhat depraved.
As a synthesization of Bataille's theories and worldview, it's a treasure trove.
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Χθες είδα ότι το αρχίδι του κουταβιού μου πρήστηκε και σήμερα τον πήραμε στον κτηνίατρο. Παρασκευή θα τον πάμε για αφαίρεση (κρυψορχία).

Γιατί αναφέρω τέτοια λεπτομέρεια απ' την ζωή μου που αφορά τ' αρχίδια του σκύλου μου;
Well, η Σιμόν η πρωταγωνίστρια προς το τέλος της ιστορίας ήθελε να της σερβίρουν ωμά αρχίδια ταύρου ενώ παρακολουθούσε ταυρομαχίες, τις θύμιζαν αυγά. Και μένα τα τέτοια του σκύλου μου, αυγά ορτυκιού μου θύμισαν.

Λοιπόν τι είναι αυτό το βιβλίο που ενώ πολλοί το μισούν μέχρι θανά
Recently I have been thinking, why would people always think about leather, whip, D&S and women being tied up when they think about sexual deviancy?

That is so not the whole picture, and the stereotype from above is just so...boring.

When you open Story of the Eye, you are in for a rare, exciting and disturbing treat. The story is one hell of an 'over the top' adventure of sexual deviancy and anarchy. In this story, sexual pleasure and desire comes into play in some of the most unusual ways; b
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“And it struck me that death was the sole outcome of my erection, and if Simone and I were killed, then the universe of our unbearable personal vision was certain to be replaced by the pure stars, fully unrelated to any external gaze and realizing in a cold state, without human delays or detours, something that strikes me as the goal of my sexual licentiousness: a geometric incandescence (among other things, the coinciding point of life and death, being and nothingness), perfectly fulgurating.
Anthony Vacca
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Your typical teenage romance, replete with spontaneous orgasms, golden showers, bull testicles, eggs inserted into orifices that eggs are not meant to be inserted, suicide, rape, sacrilege, eroticizing eyeballs, bullfighting and murder. Your body is a temple of filth and sex is slimy, you perverted reader, you.
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
This may be a short read: a novella composed of only 103 pages of letters printed using big font. Definitely a short read. However, it is full-packed with explicit and sickening sex scenes so this is not for readers who are squeamish when it comes to sex. Also, this is not a book to titillate readers. The sex scenes are so disgusting I did not feel anything that made we want to have sex.

Rather, the internal stirring I had while reading this came due to George Bataille's (1897-1962) deep philoso
Sick, disgusting and kinky but never boring. It certainly makes an impression. But if it were to be any longer I would start chucking off the stars. Lucky for Mr. Bataille that he kept the story short and writing up to standards. I'm sure if you try hard you could find some social commentary in there and a few metaphors, but it takes an effort to look beyond all the fetish and gore. Besides lewdness itself makes a point here.
Melissa Ski
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The text is redeeming, but not in a transcendental way. The moral lacks morality- and as you'll read elsewhere- acts as a precursor to existentialism. My literary friend recommends Emmannuelle by Emmannuelle Arsan as a starting point if not a follow-up to this type of reading. Here's to the dionysian! I'd recommend Caligula as well and then we can have a lecture on sexual disfunctions and decadence!
I don’t mind bizarre lewdness or surreal disgusting situations. Nonchalant mentions of a rape or a crime, in the same manner one would mention their coffee was a bit too cold in the morning don’t shock me as much as they probably should. Crack however many eggs you want between your buttocks and urinate on various surfaces in any number of positions. I’ll remain impassible. Piss down your leg, on your mother, in a priest’s nostrils, on your clothes, on mannequins, on any surface imaginable. If y ...more
Henry Martin
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most bizarre books I have ever read, The Story of the Eye kept me torn as I kept turning the pages. Torn whether to repulse or whether to admit excitement.

This book was unlike anything I had read, vividly graphic and subtly gross, yet engaging and literary at the same time.

Is it pornography? Undoubtedly yes, but it is also a romance, a dark, twisted, forbidden romance with an ending I could not imagine in my wildest dreams.

Update 04/01/2016

I just completed a second, more thorough re
Luís C.
Georges Bataille is, in the world of literature, a special case: Nietzschean in the soul, blending blithely in his works sex and death, he is the one whom Jean-Paul Sartre declared "unfit for philosophy."

A boy with 16 year old dating a girl named Simone whom he falls at first sight in love and together, they end quickly by engaging in very unusual sexual games. They then take in their incongruity a denominated Marcelle, a girl with convoluted discernment and therefore easily manipulable. At thre
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Absolutely insane and incredibly erotic. A fun read

Also, a messy and somewhat noisy video review :p
Jul 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Angela Carter, in an essay about Story of the Eye, once said that the French seem to delight so much in shocking the English that they barely take time to notice that the English aren't really all that shocked. Being an American, I can't really know how right she was, but I definitely think that, in a few deft strokes, she captured the guiding spirit of this book.

The problem with "pornography" as literature or art, or even as comedy, is that any criticism one raises to it will be seen by its adv
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Με σουρεαλιστική ατμόσφαιρα, ακολουθώντας τα διδάγματα του de Sade και του Buñuel, το έργο του Bataille δε μπορεί παρά να χαρακτηριστεί πορνογράφημα. Δομημένο σε vignettes, μικρά επεισόδια κινηματογραφικού τύπου, με γραφική γλώσσα και τολμηρές περιγραφές οι οποίες επικεντρώνονται σε taboo, έχει ως κύριο θέμα τη σεξουαλική διαστροφή, την ελευθεριότητα, την διερεύνηση των ορίων, και του τρόπου κατάργησής τους, των ηθικών και μη αντοχών του κάθε ανθρώπου – συμπεριλαμβανομένου και του αναγνώστη.

Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
Until recently I didn’t think that I was boring in bed. Or that I lacked imagination and a willingness to experiment. I have my preferences, yes, but I liked to believe that I was fairly open minded. However, when I started speaking to more and more people about sex, women mostly, I was shocked to discover that many acts that were not on my sexual radar [although I was aware of them, of course] were common fantasies and, it seems, were regularly being performed. Slapping and choking, for example ...more
Nate D
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seaside vacation reading
Recommended to Nate D by: the occultism of memory
So I finally read this. I don't really care about porn because porn is boring and utilitarian (and that utility is quite limited at that). Then why was I able to enjoy this? Because though it's pornographic, it's not really porn. Bataille uses that vocabulary to carry out something more ambitious and ambiguous.

The sex acts here rarely involve intercourse, instead enumerating some elaborate convergent alchemy. Blood, milk, semen, eggs, and urine are gradually converted into the eye, the eye, the
Vasilis Manias
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο το αγόρασα τυχαία σε ένα παζάρι ενός συλλόγου σονσον μεγαλοκυριών της πόλης του Ηρακλείου για ένα ευρώ, είμαι όμως σίγουρος πως αν κατά τύχη είχαν ασχοληθεί έστω και με μία σελίδα του θα μου το χάριζαν και όταν θα με έβλεπαν να απομακρύνομαι θα έλεγαν "κρίμα το παιδί".
Για να αποφύγω επίθετα και χαρακτηρισμούς (όλα όσα σκέφτομαι δεν είναι απολύτως ακριβή και θέλω να αποφύγω και τα σπόιλερς) θα πω το εξής. Επενδύστε σε αυτό το βιβλίο, αγοράστε το, ξεκινήστε το και όταν το σταματήσετε (γ
Sep 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Thinks A Girl Sitting In A Saucer of Milk Is A Deeply Erotic Image
Shelves: fiction
Every once in a while I have to read something dirty, lusty and depraved--I don't know what it is about me, but it's necessary. And I don't really mind. And I don't feel dirty afterwards, but rather refreshed actually. So there.

George Bataille, besides beind the lliterary executor to Walter Benjamin's controversial (he was a Jew facing persecution from Nazis during World War II) manuscript for his lifelong masterpiece The Arcades Project, was a total degenerate, sensualist scumbag and The Story
Paul O'Neill
May 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. Da. Fuq. Did. I. Just. Read...????

Don't pick up this book unless you're a fan of golden showers... I started reading this without reading the blurb or anything, suffice to say I was shocked!

In between rather gruesome goings on the writer tries to make himself seem uber intelligent by using needlessly long words.

It was just a big clustermug that boiled my brain! Could've been a good tail, but it just fell off a cliff.

First one star rating of 2016. :(
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy, sick, juvenile, blasphemous, insane, refreshing, spontaneous, disgusting, a spit in the face of conservatism.

At first I intended to write a proper review but then I realized how hard a task that would be, so humor me and pretend I adequately described it.
Tiffany Reisz
I was laughing my ass off reading this last night and Andrew asked, "What are you reading?" and I replied, "French pornography." There is a fine line between erotica and horror. There is an even finer line between pornography and humor. I suppose some people might be offended by two deranged teenagers roaming Europe in the early 20th century, having deranged sex with eggs and bull testicles and forcing priests to piss on communion wafers, but it's just too over-the-top and insane to be sexy or o ...more
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read those first few pages standing in the doorway of City Lights bookshop when I was nineteen before heading across to Specs for a whiskey. The memory of the milk and the cupboard has never left me. R and I used to read it to each other in drunken revelry walking down Columbus Avenue, delirious to be alive, ecstatic that someone was going—or rather had gone—much further than we ever thought possible. Kundera writes that a work of art does not necessarily "progress" like sciece does, but inste ...more
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French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental ...more
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“To others, the universe seems decent because decent people have gelded eyes. That is why they fear lewdness. They are never frightened by the crowing of a rooster or when strolling under a starry heaven. In general, people savor the "pleasures of the flesh" only on condition that they be insipid.
But as of then, no doubt existed for me: I did not care for what is known as "pleasures of the flesh" because they really are insipid; I cared only for what is classified as "dirty." On the other hand, I was not even satisfied with the usual debauchery, because the only thing it dirties is debauchery itself, while, in some way or other, anything sublime and perfectly pure is left intact by it. My kind of debauchery soils not only my body and my thoughts, but also anything I may conceive in its course, that is to say, the vast starry universe, which merely serves as a backdrop.”
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