L' Abbé C

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Penguin Books, Limited, Jun 7, 2012 - 144 pages
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L'Abb is a shocking, unnerving narrative about the intense and terrifying relationship between twin brothers. Charles is a modern libertine, dedicated to vice and depravity, while Robert is a priest so devout that he is nicknamed 'l'Abb '. When the sexually wild Eponine intrudes upon their suffocating relationship, anguish, delirium, and death ensue. Charged with sensuality and a heightened, dreamlike atmosphere, this novel portrays the darkest and most profound aspects of human experience. Translated by Philip A. Facey 'Bataille speaks about man's condition, not his nature. Bataille has survived the death of God.'Jean-Paul Sartre 'A psychological novel in which the emotions of the characters determine the movement of the story from beginning to end. The translation is remarkable.' The New York Times Book Review

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Georges Bataille, French essayist and novelist, was born in 1897. He converted to Catholicism, then to Marxism, and was interested in psychoanalysis and mysticism. As curator of the municipal library in Orleans, he led a relatively simple life, although he became involved, usually on the fringes, with the surrealist movement. He founded the literary review Critique in 1946, which he edited until his death in 1962, and was also a founder of the review Documents, which published many of the leading surrealist writers. His writing is a mixture of poetry and philosophy, fantasy and history, and his first novel, Story of the Eye, was written under the pseudonym of Lord Auch. Bataille's other works include the novels Blue of Noon and My Mother, and the volumes of essays Eroticism and Literature and Evil.

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