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The Little Black Book of Griselidis Real: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore

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They have to come back to us, because we know every detail of their orgasms, their little caprices, their little weaknesses and strengths. We know all of them. I mean, where do you expect them to go? They'll be disappointed anywhere else. Except for with us, because we know them like the back of our hand. As soon as they get in the door, it's like we'd made them ourselves. ...more
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Published October 1st 2009 by Semiotext(e) (first published November 1st 1981)
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Audacia Ray
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Grisélidis Réal is an eminently problematic but enigmatically likable character. As I've muddled through the stress of dealing with the news cycle around the Long Island serial killer, I've really enjoyed immersing myself in the lengthy interview with Grisélidis and her notes on clients. She's laugh out loud funny, with her descriptions of clients and the (unsurprising to me, but somehow surprising to the interviewer) reveal that she tries to get them in and out (so to speak) as quickly as possi ...more
Imogen
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have complicated feelings about this book. I mean, look, I am not going to say anything bad about Grisélidis Réal: obviously, she is this awesome activist, sex worker, genius and hero, right? I know that looks like I'm saying it ironically, but I'm being serious. She is awesome; I'd never heard of her til Semiotext(e) sent me this to review, so if you haven't either: she started doing sex work I think in the fifties, and started doing activism around it- and coalitioning with other causes, mos ...more
Chris
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
I am not really sure how I feel about this book. The title section, found at the end, is really just a laundry list of men and their preferences. While this provdes an interesting reference point to the interview portion of the book, by itself it would seem at least a little silly. The interviews, which make up the largest part of the book, are quite interesting. Real comes across as an indefinable person, a positive soul that keeps attempting suicide, a believer in love that feels nothing for t ...more
Elevate Difference
Writing a review for a book like The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal is not a simple task by any means. On the one hand, I want to be as straightforward as possible and simply give my impressions of this one particular piece of writing without going into the issue of prostitution and whether or not it degrades women. On the other hand, it seems impossible not to when taking into account the fact that Réal was a world-famous and revolutionary “whore” and writer who argued that prostitution w ...more
LunaSanguine
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Last year I saw a documentary about her on German/French TV channel arte and was instantly fascinated by her.
I enjoyed reading the book but as others said before: I would have loved to learn more about her political activism and general life.

If anybody knows any good books/sources on her in German or English please recommend them to me.
Brian
Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Quite possibly the finest detailed survey of a--holes in the English language can be found in The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal, and that's only the second or third most interesting thing about it. I like the frank and intimate series of interviews with Réal (1929–2005) about an eclectic range of topics, and found her infinitely sad, insightful and glorious. Her arguments for sexual freedom and her description of prostitution as a possible art and humanist science are convincing. The blac ...more
Danica
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
So many Pierre's and Clement's! Book and protagonist are a bit problematic. Title somewhat misleading, as the politics of anarchist whoring are not elaborated upon outside of references to pamphlet printing and "dressing for oneself" (instead of for a husband or other societal authorities, I would guess). The worst part is the undercurrent of unhappiness, unfulfilled dreams, miseducation and lack of opportunity steaming through Griselidis's charm and humor (and leopard print short shorts!) The b ...more
Jodi Sh.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not really a memoir, this interview with sexworker/activist Griselidis Real is interesting. It may have lost some nuance in translation, because not everything translates easily, but what you get it is a full and honest picture of a working, aging prostitute in her own words.

Particularly good read for those who think a) sex work is not real work, b) only addicts and last chancers would do it, c) all sex work is trafficking, d) whores hate their clients, or e) any other thing you assume having ne
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Gaëlle-Anne
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le témoignage d'une femme prostituée et militante. Très drôle, très dur, très loin de ma vie mais justement. Finalement rien de tel que la parole d'une prostituée qui nous parle de sa vérité, de son métier, plutôt que les leçons de morale ou de liberté de personnes qui ne connaissent rien de cette vie. Tout aussi abrasif et révolutionnaire je conseille le blog Mélange-Instable...
Catherine
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give a few extra stars to Griselidis Real's little black book. This version mostly consists of long interviews between Real and Jean-Luc Hennig, with a few excerpts from her own writing and then her black book published in full at the end. Sample entry:

CHARLIE fat bearded guy tiny red beard, big dark yellow car, finger in the ass--nice, business in Frankfurt 80F.
Laura
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
griselidis's voice is so charming and honest. i tried to resist her charm, but got swept up in the wave.
Miranda
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Griselidis Real has a lot to say about the world's oldest profession. Not the most enlightening or nuanced discussion on the politics of sex work, but a good addition to the library.
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Jean-Luc Hennig est un écrivain français né en 1945 à La Charité-sur-Loire.

Agrégé de grammaire, il a été professeur à l'Université du Caire, journaliste à Libération (1974-1981), rédacteur en chef à Rolling Stone France, et animateur sur Fréquence Gaie, Europe 1 et à la Radio suisse romande. Il a publié une trentaine d'ouvrages, essentiellement des essais sur le sexe et la mort. Sa nécrologie a pa
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