Story of the Eye
Story of the Eye
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel


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.

Title Story of the Eye
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 September 1987
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 104 p.
ISBN-10 0872862097
ISBN-13 9780872862098
Publication Date 01 September 1987
Main content page count 104
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $9.95
 


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