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Nira/Sussa [Kindle Edition]

Julian Darius
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Book Description

He’s a tenured creative writing professor. A well-respected novelist. And a recovering sadistic pervert with a penchant for young girls. His name is Julian Darius, which by great coincidence just happens to be the name of this novel’s author.

She’s a teenage groupie who insists he buy her a collar before they have sex. She seems to know his desires better than he does. And she wants to fulfill them — even ones he claims not to have.

The result is a strange love story that explores how far we’d really go, given the opportunity… and whether men and women could truly live together, if they were completely honest about their desires.

This erotic and violent novel, criticized as pornographic, is nonetheless supremely literary and won its author a Ph.D. in English.


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As much a love story as a brutal tale of BDSM, Darius' first novel explores the limits of sexual appetite and its ties to wealth and power. Borrowing heavily from Nabokov, as well as the Marquis de Sade, the book brings philosophical debates to the surface... questioning the ever-present power dynamics in life and love. --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), Dr. Julian Darius obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. His controversial dissertation became the novel NIRA/SUSSA. Darius currently lives in Illinois.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615630995
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Martian Lit (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088342VY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Transgressive and Beautifully Erotic May 9, 2013
By Pavarti
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Now and then there are books which remind you why it is you love the things you do, why you started down the path you now find yourself. At one time I devoured books which crossed over the bounds of morality and common decency, now I spend more time breaking down the academic value of Vampires. Not a bad thing to spend your time on, sure, but not at all where I started.

Nira/Sussa brought me back to the girl I was when I discovered Antonin Artaud, when I revelled in his unrequited and insane adoration of Anais Nin, when I first read of June Miller, a woman who could have everything but wanted nothing. I was reminded of the girl who at one time had longed to write something as brilliantly deviant as this book. I was reminded that without the exercise of pushing limits, I myself am but nira.

Julian Darius has delved into the depravity of the modern sexual revolution to a depth which defies erotica, pushes beyond literature and broaches that which can only be referred to as truly transgressive. By breaking every taboo placed upon humanity at large - specifically rape, murder, and paedophilia - Darius creates a book truly sussa in it's scope.

This is not a sex positive book. This is not the kind of literature you will find next to Steinbeck and Shakespere, but it is a work which must be read. I encourage you all to read it, to allow your mind to become sussa and simply absorb what is presented without judgement. The reality is, this book is deeply disturbing and to the uninitiated terribly pornographic. However, if you can step back from your cultural assumptions and allow the demented logic presented some room to breathe within your mind, you'll find that Darius has done what all great literature sets out to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humbert Humbert in the Heart of the Pornocracy May 6, 2013
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I'm primarily concerned with horror in my work, and as such I'm all too aware of how the genre can bog down in its own awfulness and become comfortable with the feelings it delivers. Which is why I appreciate it when writing that is NOT horror brings that emotion to the forefront. Even better if the horror is that of Self, of the shadow within. Enter NIRA/SUSSA...

With NIRA/SUSSA, author Julian Darius has created a Lolita for the 21st Century: brutal in its honesty and honest about its brutality. And make no mistake, this is a BRUTAL piece of fiction, on a par with the work of Brett Easton Ellis or Nick Tosches at his noir-ish best. NIRA/SUSSA explores the DMZs and No Man's Lands between writing and living, man and woman, sex and love, fiction and reality with skill, eloquence, and, at the end of the day, a helluva lotta nerve. There are only a few writers these days who dare to go to the places this book goes.

As with Ellis, there were moments where I had to stop reading Darius' book: moments of fear, of shame, of clear-eyed appraisal of my own history. He goes places (within the narrative itself, and within the soul of man: within your own soul, if you are honest, and NIRA/SUSSA ensures that you will be by the time you reach the hinge of it) that make you recoil in disgust at the same time you are attracted. This is a book you lean into, horrified, like a spectacular car wreck that you crane to see more of, even though the seeing will scar you. This is Humbert-Humbert's journey of exploitation and transcendence, transposed from mid-20th Century middle-America into the bleeding-edge realities of our current moral minefield, into the heart of the international pornocracy. This is lovely, dangerous Lolita with a black AmEx and a free pass to the Castle of Silling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written, Enjoyably disturbing February 1, 2013
By Jen
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I haven't read something like this since Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. Until now I thought it remained unparalleled. Great buy. A few scenes gave me goosebumps and I had to psychically stop reading to brace myself for more. If you've got an open mind, you'll really enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a light read... May 18, 2014
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It was an interesting premise though I feel I must warn potential readers that you need at least a college education to get through this book. I felt like I was studying vocabulary for the SATs just trying to get through this thing. There were chapters that had me completely enthralled but more that had me nodding off in boredom. It's a heavy read, an intellectual read with a little sexual sadism thrown in. It probably deserves more stars because it truly is very well written but I just can't. Bottom line--Even though I understood the historical/literary references and the vocabulary, I want to be entertained not educated so this wasn't my cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and important novel July 30, 2012
Nira/Sussa is, quite simply, a startling tour de force that will shatter your illusions about love, the relationships between men and women, and the language we use to shape our own identities. Fans of Nabokov's Lolita will notice a beautiful symmetry between the two works, and how Darius skillfully paid homage to the classic while creating something new, raw, and exciting.

If you're tired of one-dimensional, cookie-cutter, issue-of-the-week hardcovers, or if you've ever said to yourself, "I wish more people would push the envelope and write something that actually matters," then do yourself a favor and give this a read. The writing is absolutely phenomenal--lush, textured, and eloquent. Every sentence seems to have been meticulously crafted, designed to draw you into the Underworld and force you to examine the duality of human nature: light and darkness, master and slave, nira and sussa, poetry and prose, and ultimately, illusions and reality. It is a book that will stay with you for some time, and invite you to dig deeper into the themes, philosophy and overall imagery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sexy, transgressive novel for everyone(even academics)
A great, interesting, transgressive read from a fascinating new author. A book that reads well for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" crowd and for those that care about quality... Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by Jeffrey Nichols
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Published on June 23, 2012 by Pope Elvis The First
5.0 out of 5 stars I COULD NOT LOOK AWAY
If I could write a great review, I would but I lack the writing skills to do so. But everyone else's reviews were spot on and they should all be writing more reviews.
Published on June 23, 2012 by RS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most intense books I've ever read
I saw the other reviews and thought to myself, what could the big deal possibly be? This book is not for the squeamish, it's very intense. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by NYCreviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars The most disturbing book I have ever read...
I cannot give this book five stars because I don't know how I could actually love something that is so disturbing and actually made me cringe at times. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by bluevw02
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A book that will, if nothing else, leave you feeling challenged. I think it probably speaks to something dark in all of us, providing truly honest and raw moments throughout the... Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Millie
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Literary Masterpiece
Should universities use this book for creative writing courses? Yes. Should the faint of heart, uptight, or puritanical person read this? Yes. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by MalloryX
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong work from a powerful writer
Nira/Sussa is not for the faint of heart. Similar to how Lolita must have been received, Nira/Sussa is a book that challenges our society to its core. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by K. Thurman
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More About the Author

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization, which promotes comics and popular culture as legitimate forms of art. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), Darius obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English.

In 2005, Darius published the first scholarly book on Christopher Nolan's Batman films. In 2015, he released CLASSICS ON INFINITE EARTHS, a massive study of the Justice League and DC's shared universe. He has also published books on (among other subjects) BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, which elaborated a theory on the book's plot that was praised by Kevin Smith; Jack Kirby's comic-book continuation of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY; and MAI, THE PSYCHIC GIRL. He also co-authored, with Kevin Thurman, a book on Warren Ellis.

In 2011, Darius founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic MARTIAN COMICS. He currently lives in Illinois.

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