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Madame Edwarda (1941) - Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille - erotic fiction - France - French literature - 1941

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Swedish book cover of Bataille's Madame Edwarda (1937)
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"At the corner of a street, anguish, a dirty dizzying anguish undid me (maybe because I had just seen two furtive whores on the staircase of a toilet)...I began to wander down those receptive streets which run from the Carrefour Poissoniere to the rue Saint-Denis. The solitude and darkness made me completely drunk. The night was naked in the deserted streets and I wanted to strip myself as naked as she: I took off my pants and hung them on my arm. I would have liked to tie the coolness of the night over my legs, a heady sense of freedom carried me forward. I felt myself growing bigger. I was holding my erect member in my hand."
-Georges Bataille, Madame Edwarda

[...]Madame Edwarda was written and first published in an extremely limited edition, under the pseudonym Pierre Angelique, in 1941). --http://www.uchicago.edu/research/jnl-crit-inq/issues/v21/v21n1.suleiman.html [Oct 2005]

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