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Story of the eye Hardcover – 1977
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Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that "the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing." Bataille has been called a "metaphysician of evil," specializing in blasphemy, profanation, and horror. Story of the Eye, written in 1928, is his best-known work; it is unashamedly surrealistic, both disgusting and fascinating, and packed with seemingly endless violations. It's something of an underground classic, rediscovered by each new generation. Most recently, the Icelandic pop singer Björk Guðdmundsdóttir cites Story of the Eye as a major inspiration: she made a music video that alludes to Bataille's erotic uses of eggs, and she plans to read an excerpt for an album. Warning: Story of the Eye is graphically sexual, and is only for adults who are not easily offended. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Text: English, French (translation)
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It's mainly a French shock and awe horror tale. (The calling card of the typical french horror author). With bouts of violence and sexcapades scattering the pages. The shortness of the story was the driving nail in the coffin. With length perhaps more development could of occured. (The characters seemed too one dimensional). Alas, I've read too many tales of blood and iniquity to fall into the story arcs web. Perhaps better suited for the still innocent at heart.
The Story of the Eye is at best standard writing and at worst an attempt at shock value. While it is clear that the author is attempting to reveal the depths of perversity within a human being and in their sexual proclivities it rarely manages to bring any real illumination into the human sexual condition. A collection of small vignettes in the lives of the main characters it attempts to portray as normal their peculiar individual needs but ends up being trite. While there could be something moving in the way that the characters care for each other it all falls short.
Where Bataille exceeds is in his attempts to be vulgar. The almost instantaneous acceleration of the characters from the perverse to the violent is hardly believable though it well could have been. Make no mistake, this book is not without merits but it is no comparison to the works of the Marquise De Sade (as so many would like it to be) who delved more to the soul than Bataille who focused more on the pornographic.