As this has become something of a running feature on my personal blog over the past month, I’ve decided to transpose some of this material over to the website for a greater audience. Keep in mind this was written in a more impersonal style for a smaller group of friends and literati; nonetheless, these may prove of some small interest to the more high minded philosophers and aesthetes among us.
This is, by definition, hardly the last word on the subject, and more or less picks up in the middle – those whose interest may be piqued by the contents herein are well advised to seek out Emanuelle by Emanuelle Arsan, L’Histoire D’O by Pauline Reage, perhaps Venus in Furs by Leopold Sacher-Masoch and, at the very least, the excellent Grove Press reprint of Sade’s Justine (which also contains the important short tale Eugenie de Franval, freely adapted several times by Jesus Franco Manera (aka “Jess Franco”), with the best version being the intimate and extremely decadent Eugenie de Sade (aka Eugenie ’70) with Paul Muller and Soledad Miranda), all of which equal or prove far superior to the majority of the books discussed herein.
So with that being duly noted, let’s begin:
1. La-Bas – Joris-Karl Huysmans
Just finished this excellent and bizarrely contemporary novel by the great J.K. Huysmans.