Story of the Eye

Author: Georges Bataille
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780140180091
Category: Erotic stories, French
Page: 127
View: 5041
Novel, translated by Joachim Neugroschel. Bataille's scandalous STORY OF THE EYE, written under the pseudonym Lord Auch, centers around the exploits of a young couple exploring the utmost boundaries of the sacred and profane. This hallucinatory melding of sex and religion has lost none of its transgressive power since its original publication in the 1920s, and prefigures Bataille's later studies of death and sensuality, including EROTISM and THE TEARS OF EROS, also published by City Lights and available from SPD.

Story of the Eye

Author: Georges Bataille
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141913673
Category: Fiction
Page: 128
View: 4925
Bataille’s first novel, published under the pseudonym ‘Lord Auch’, is still his most notorious work. In this explicit pornographic fantasy, the young male narrator and his lovers Simone and Marcelle embark on a sexual quest involving sadism, torture, orgies, madness and defilement, culminating in a final act of transgression. Shocking and sacreligious, Story of the Eye is the fullest expression of Bataille’s obsession with the closeness of sex, violence and death. Yet it is also hallucinogenic in its power, and is one of the erotic classics of the twentieth century.


Author: Georges Bataille
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN: 9780872861909
Category: Philosophy
Page: 276
View: 6838
Reprint. Originally published: Death and sensuality. New York: Walker, 1962.

Literature and Evil

Author: Georges Bataille
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780141195575
Category: Evil in literature
Page: 208
View: 5159
In this collection of essays, first published in France in 1957, Bataille explores the value of evil as expressed in literature. He studies the work of Emily Brontë, Baudelaire, Blake, Michelet, Kafka, Proust, Genet̂ and de Sade.

Bad Behavior

Author: Mary Gaitskill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451687079
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 5221
A trade paperback reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill’s debut collection, Bad Behavior—powerful stories about dislocation, longing, and desire which depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe generation that is searching for human connection. • Now a classic: Bad Behavior made critical waves when it first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene and her establishment as one of the sharpest, erotically charged, and audaciously funny writing talents of contemporary literature. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it “Pinteresque,” saying, “Ms. Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real… her reportorial candor, uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm…underscores the strength of her debut.”

House of Holes

Author: Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439189528
Category: Fiction
Page: 262
View: 2679
Presents an explicit new tale of carnal improprieties and comic raunchiness set in a surreal but familiar world of fantasy sex.

The Lair of the White Worm

Author: Bram Stoker
Publisher: Xist Publishing
ISBN: 1681956519
Category: Fiction
Page: 149
View: 3611
A horror story from the author of Dracula “She had been to a tea-party with an antediluvian monster, and that they had been waited on by up-to-date men-servants.”- The Lair of the White Worm, Bram Stoker A world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens that features a giant white worm that can transform into a woman. The Lair of the White Worm is a chilling Victorian horror story. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Story Of O Part Two: Return to the Chateau

Author: Pauline Réage
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446486397
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
View: 4513
Parisian photographer O returns to the place of her sexual initiation – the elegant chateau Roissy. Here, she submits completely to the sexual whims of one man...her lover. This is the sequel to the classic French erotic bestseller, and a darkly seductive story of dominance and submission. Read it if you dare...

Les Misérables, (the Wretched)

A Novel (Classic Reprint)
Author: Victor Hugo
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9780260391315
Category: Fiction
Page: 172
View: 8300
Excerpt from Les Misérables, (the Wretched): A Novel The traveller raised his head. He took a few steps and looked over the hedges. He saw in the horizon, through the 'rees, a sort of hillock, and on this hillock something which, in the distance, resembled a lion; He was On the battle-field of Waterloo. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Torture Garden

Author: Octave Mirbeau
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465606947
Page: N.A
View: 1582
One evening some friends were gathered at the home of one of our most celebrated writers. Having dined sumptuously, they were discussing murder—apropos of what, I no longer remember probably apropos of nothing. Only men were present: moralists, poets, philosophers and doctors—thus everyone could speak freely, according to his whim, his hobby or his idiosyncrasies, without fear of suddenly seeing that expression of horror and fear which the least startling idea traces upon the horrified face of a notary. I—say notary, much as I might have said lawyer or porter, not disdainfully, of course, but in order to define the average French mind. With a calmness of spirit as perfect as though he were expressing an opinion upon the merits of the cigar he was smoking, a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences said: “Really—I honestly believe that murder is the greatest human preoccupation, and that all our acts stem from it... “ We awaited the pronouncement of an involved theory, but he remained silent. “Absolutely!” said a Darwinian scientist, “and, my friend, you are voicing one of those eternal truths such as the legendary Monsieur de La Palisse discovered every day: since murder is the very bedrock of our social institutions, and consequently the most imperious necessity of civilized life. If it no longer existed, there would be no governments of any kind, by virtue of the admirable fact that crime in general and murder in particular are not only their excuse, but their only reason for being. We should then live in complete anarchy, which is inconceivable. So, instead of seeking to eliminate murder, it is imperative that it be cultivated with intelligence and perseverance. I know no better culture medium than law.” Someone protested. “Here, here!” asked the savant, “aren't we alone, and speaking frankly?” “Please!” said the host, “let us profit thoroughly by the only occasion when we are free to express our personal ideas, for both I, in my books, and you in your turn, may present only lies to the public.” The scientist settled himself once more among the cushions of his armchair, stretched his legs, which were numb from being crossed too long and, his head thrown back, his arms hanging and his stomach soothed by good digestion, puffed smoke−rings at the ceiling: “Besides,” he continued, “murder is largely self−propagating. Actually, it is not the result of this or that passion, nor is it a pathological form of degeneracy. It is a vital instinct which is in us all—which is in all organized beings and dominates them, just as the genetic instinct. And most of the time it is especially true that these two instincts fuse so well, and are so totally interchangeable, that in some way or other they form a single and identical instinct, so that we no longer may tell which of the two urges us to give life, and which to take it—which is murder, and which love. I have been the confidant of an honorable assassin who killed women, not to rob them, but to ravish them. His trick was to manage things so that his sexual climax coincided exactly with the death−spasm of the woman: 'At those moments,' he told me, 'I imagined I was a God, creating a world!”

Georges Bataille

A Critical Introduction
Author: Bejamin Noys
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745315874
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 165
View: 5806
A concise guide to the life and work of the French intellectual Georges Bataille, best known as the author of the celebrated The Story of the Eye.

The White Hotel

Author: D. M. Thomas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101651504
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 8470
It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust. It is a searing vision of the wounds of the twentieth century, and an attempt to heal them. Interweaving poetry and case history, fantasy and historical truth-telling, The White Hotel is a modern classic of enduring emotional power that attempts nothing less than to reconcile the notion of individual destiny with that of historical fate.

A Tale of Satisfied Desire

Author: Georges Bataille
Publisher: Olympia Press
Page: 105
View: 2251

Dream Story

Author: Arthur Schnitzler
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141960124
Category: Fiction
Page: 128
View: 5145
This wonderful translation of Dream Story will allow a fresh generation of readers to enjoy this beautiful, heartless and baffling novella. Dream Story tells how through a simple sexual admission a husband and wife ware driven apart into rival worlds of erotic revenge.

The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1

Author: John Stephens
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446452018
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 432
View: 6092
The first thrilling book in the most exciting children's fantasy series since Harry Potter. They were taken from their beds one frozen night, when the world was covered in snow. The silhouette of a tall, thin man has haunted Kate ever since. Ten years on, Kate, Michael and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded to a blur. Arriving at Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something different about this place - and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark, crooked house before. As they explore, they discover an old, empty leather book. The moment they touch it, an ancient magical prophecy is set irrevocably in motion, and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate reality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters. Only they can prevent the terrible event that will ruin Cambridge Falls - and stop the world from falling into complete devastation.

The Dead Man

Author: Georges Bataille
Publisher: Ediciones LA Calavera
Category: Fiction
Page: 74
View: 2122

The Image

Author: Jean de Berg
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 1908694246
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 3805
THE?IMAGE is an S/M classic, one of the most acclaimed and famous erotic novels of all time. One of only 5 erotic novels credited with true literary status by Susan Sontag, it is a tale of bondage, dominance and submission in the tradition of The Story Of O. The narrator, Jean, is assisted by Claire in the domination of the subservient Anne in a series of sexually explicit scenarios. Like O, THE?IMAGE is ultimately a bizarre yet transcendent love story. This special ebook edition of THE?IMAGE includes two unique bonus features: an introduction by Pauline Reage, author of The Story Of O; and the little-known, ritualistic SM short story The Mark, written by Jeanne de Berg, Jean de Berg's shadowy female incarnation.

Heroes of the Valley

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0552557935
Category: Adventure stories
Page: 389
View: 9822
Listen then, and I'll tell you again of the Battle of the Rock. But none of your usual wriggling, or I'll stop before I've begun . . . Halli loves the old stories from when the valley was a wild and dangerous place - when the twelve legendary heroes stood together to defeat the ancient enemy, the bloodthirsty Trows. Halli longs for adventure but these days the most dangerous thing in the valley is boredom. He tries to liven things up by playing practical jokes. But when one of his jokes goes too far, he reawakens an old blood feud and finds himself on a hero's quest after all. Along the way he meets a ruthless thief, a murderous rival, and a girl who may just be as fearless as he is . . . Jonathan Stroud has created an epic saga with a funny, unique spin, and an unforgettable anti-hero.

The Discovery Of Slowness

Author: Sten Nadolny
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1847677525
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 9114
Nadolny's masterpiece, a huge commercial and critical success in Germany and across Europe, recounts the life of one of the most interesting explorers of the nineteenth century - Sir John Franklin who, amongst other achievements, paved the way for the discovery of the NorthWest Passage. By means of Nadolny's acute reading of history and his storytelling prowess, the reader follows this misfit's development from awkward schoolboy to expedition leader, Governor of Tasmania, icon of adventure. Not only a riveting account of a remarkable life, The Discovery of Slowness is also a profound and thought-provoking meditation on time.The result is an extraordinary reading experience that justifies the novel's reputation as one of the classics of contemporary German literature.

The Road to Wellville

Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862071544
Category: Battle Creek (Mich.)
Page: 476
View: 9231
Involving America's obsession with keeping thin and fit, Boyle's enormously popular and critically acclaimed masterpiece brings some of the funniest characters to the big screen. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, and Bridget Fonda, this blockbuster comedy's large budget will generate immense interest for this title.