Story of the Eye (Penguin Modern Classics)
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Histoire de l’œil fut publiée clandestinement en 1928 sous le pseudonyme de Lord Auch (entendez : aux chiottes), et plusieurs fois saisie et condamnée après sa parution. Elle ne fut reconnue comme œuvre de Georges Bataille qu’après la mort de l’auteur. Le récit explore les expériences érotiques de deux adolescents en quête d’expériences de plus en plus intenses et de plus en plus tordues. While mildly amusing at times for its sheer outrageousness, this comes across as a rather pointless exercise, painfully juvenile even. Not much there in terms of substance. It feels more of a prelude to a larger work, ending doesn’t satisfy at all. Of all literary genres, surely you’d not be unreasonable in expecting a piece of pornography to at the very least furnish a big finish.”
American indie pop band of Montreal references this book in the song "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" from the album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.  These three objects (ball, eye, egg) (couille, œil, oeuf) are associated with each other. They’re the solids. But they're also associated with liquids – semen, urine, tears, yolks.We had abandoned the real world, the one made up solely of dressed people, and the time elapsed since then was already so remote as to seem almost beyond reach. Our personal hallucination now developed as boundlessly as perhaps the total nightmare of human society, for instance, with earth, sky, and atmosphere. 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. I just completed a second, more thorough reading of this short book. This reading was done over a period of about two weeks, reading slowly one section at a time, trying to look at the book not merely as a reader but from a more philosophical and psychological standpoint, trying both to appreciate and to understand this unusual work.
Perhaps paradoxically, to Bataille eroticism, when given full dominion, can only end in death, while the threat of death simultaneously reinforces, makes ever more alluring, that very same erotic impulse. Sex in this book isn’t sexy, but a dirty, lethal contagion. Can it then still be called a work of pornography and judged on those terms? Inspired by the notorious 1928 pornographic novel by Georges Bataille, the patron saint of postmodernism, Andrew Repasky McElhinney’s “Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye” is a genuine independent film, with no commercial prospects and no economic reason for being. It is a strange, beautiful, disturbing and at times literally painful work, an original and distinctive expression by a gifted young Philadelphia-based filmmaker who here confirms the talent he displayed in his 2001 film, “A Chronicle of Corpses.” To complete this survey of the high summits of my personal obscenity, I must add a final connection I made in regard to Marcelle. It was one of the most disconcerting, and I did not arrive at it until the very end. It is impossible for me to say positively that Marcelle is basically identical with my mother. Such a statement would actually be, if not false, then at least exaggerated.The need to go astray, to be destroyed, is an extremely private, distant, passionate, turbulent truth.” To say it’s rather pervy would be to say the pope is a bit of a Catholic, or that God is really quite potent.
Simone was tall and lovely. She was usually very natural; there was nothing heartbreaking in her eyes or her voice. But on a sensual level, she so bluntly craved any upheaval that the faintest call from the senses gave her a look directly suggestive of all things linked to deep sexuality, such as blood, suffocation, sudden terror, crime; things indefinitely destroying human bliss and honesty.” lingam και yoni ως το αιγυπτιακό μάτι, ως τον πανεπόπτη Δία και τον θεό του χριστιανισμού που εικονίζεται επίσης ως οφθαλμός στην χριστιανική εικονογραφία. Το μάτι ακόμα και έξω από το θρησκευτικό του περιτύλιγμα συνέχισε να εμπνέει τους φιλοσόφους καθώς αποτελεί γνωστικό μέσο αποτύπωσης και απόκτησης της ανθρώπινης εμπειρίας. Για παράδειγμα ο Μπέρκλεϋ στο έργο του «δοκίμιο για μια νέα θεωρία της όρασης» αναφέρει: The first chapter is "The Cat’s Eye“. In it, the 16 year old narrator and Simone first see each other and fall in lust:Then again, as I could not relate to the imagery used, especially in the sexual exploits, there is a huge part of the story that means nothing to me, and is thus viewed only as a bizarre perversion. I'm certain, however, that those who can relate to the imagery and objects will understand this work on a different level. Not necessarily a more wholesome level, but on a different sexual level. Fairfax, Daniel (17 March 2017). "Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)". Senses of Cinema . Retrieved 8 March 2019. So it appears all of these very unhygienic goings-on are performed by 15 years olds. Why hasn’t this book been busted for underage sex ?