Fiction. Erotica. Translated from the French by an unattributed translator. THE IMAGE is one of the most acclaimed and famous erotic novels of all time. One of only five erotic novels credited with truly literary status by Susan Sontag (in her essay The Pornographic Imagination), it is a story of bondage, dominance, and submission in the tradition of The Story of O. The narrator, Jean, gets help from Claire in the domination of the subservient Anne in a series of sexually explicit scenarios.
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... people stroll along the boulevard past the brightly lighted windows, in the warm
evening. A little later, sitting near a large sofa where a group was in a heated
discussion about the latest literary fraud, I had a chance to observe the girl in the
white dress more closely. The more I looked at her, her features and lines of her
body, the more graceful she seemed, gentle and shy, with the movements of a
timid ballerina whose slight awkwardness only makes her charm all the more
... high heels sinking into the loose earth. I hadn't noticed before what delicate
ankles she had. What one could see of her legs was equally admirable. "Now, go
ahead," Claire ordered. Anne held her right hand out toward the half- opened
flower. Very gently she ran her finger tips around the outer edges of the petals,
partly closed, barely touching their tender pink flesh. She ran her fingers.
I was going into the Gothic chamber again, only it was larger and higher, like a
church I remembered from my childhood. A nude girl is tied to each of the two
columns, one with her front toward me, the other her back. I come closer. I realize
that they are both dead, but still warm. Their bodies have been pierced by many
triangular stab wounds in the most propitious areas. A little blood marks each
wound. It is just starting to coagulate, I discover, touching it with my finger. I lick
my finger ...
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The hardcover Grove Press copy, clocking in at 143 pages, makes this book a pretty fast read, that is, if it weren't so pathetically boring. I know I know, Susan Sontag has blessed it with true ... Read full review