The Divine Duty of Servants: A Book of Worship Based on the Artwork of Bruno Schulz
Cool Grove Press, 2000 - Fiction - 141 pages
The Divine Duty of Servants explores the dark mythologies of sexual fetishes and power based on the life and the drawings of Polish writer/artist Bruno Schulz, who died at the hands of the Nazis in 1941.A must for those intrigued by the polarities inherent in erotic literature. Like The Story of O, Venus in Furs, and the writings of de Sade, The Divine Duty of Servants weaves with humor and irony, a tale of such opposites as clean/unclean, good/evil, beauty/ugliness, freedom/bondage to introduce the brilliant, creative output of the complex Jewish writer and artist, Bruno Schulz (1892-1942). The work of Bruno Schulz is finally surfacing in New York with several stage productions of his work in the past three years and a new biography of him that was published in 2003. The Divine Duty of Servants is a unique work that unites prose and art to explore the dark mythologies of sexual fetishes and power. If it is true, as the French writer Georges Bataille claims, that eroticism and religion go together, then this book sheds light on the eroticism of worship. The Divine Duty of Servants introduces the work of outsider artist Malcolm McKesson a writer and an artist who like Bruno Schulz, dealt with such topics as foot fetishism, cross-dressing, and erotic scenes of bondage and submission. Mr. Perezs photographic series on the same theme provides a visual response to Bruno Schulzs artwork.
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