Story of the Eye

by Georges Bataille, Joachim Neugroschel, Dovid Bergelson


3.73 · 20 ratings · Published: Jan 1st, 2001  | 

Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, Joachim Neugroschel, Dovid Bergelson
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.

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Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, Joachim Neugroschel, Dovid Bergelson