Saturday, January 7, 2012

Georges Bataille - Story of the Eye

Finished Watt, whoa... I'll can it til the discussion tomorrow (7 PM). In the meantime, thought I'd start repping for next month, we'll be reading Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye. Very quick book but a definite favorite. Only caveat: there's abundant lewd conduct and a bit of violence, so discretion is advised to those possessed of sensitive palettes... in other words, it's a crowd-pleaser! Discussion is February 12th at 7 PM.

In 1928, Georges Bataille published this first novel under a pseudonym, a legendary shocker that uncovers the dark side of the erotic by means of forbidden obsessive fantasies of excess and sexual extremes. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds the parallels in Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille's own theories of ecstasy, death and transgression which he developed in later work.


  1. I irrationally believed that the second Sunday of the month always followed the second Wednesday of the month. Bummer! Hope tonight's discussion went well.


  2. No sweat, there's always next month! We'll do another Beckett down the road...

  3. Greg: The book I recommended was "The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B." by J. P. Donlevey. I think you can still find the 2001 print around as there are several copies on the monster bookseller.

    1. Thanks for the wholehearted participation on "Watt," Jolie--fist bumps for enduring the whole book. This Donleavey stuff looks good, but there's only six copies left in our distributor on "Beastly," so I'll check with Tom to see if we can swing it. Any word on "Ginger Man" as a possible alternate?