Roberte Ce Soir & The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
Translated by Austryn Wainhouse
Introduction by Michael Perkins
Like the works of Georges Bataille, and those of the Marquis de Sade before him, Klossowski's erotic fiction explores the connections between the mind and body. This pair of short novels merges the sexual misadventures of Octave, his striking young wife Roberte, and their nephew Antoine, with Klossowski's philosophical and theological concerns.
Roberte Ce Soir is a dramatic enactment of Octave's ritual of hospitality in which Roberte offers herself to any guest who desires her, and The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes relates Roberte's predicament when she is forced to censor this same play. The resulting text represents one of the most provocative intellectual and sexual discourses of our time.
Nb of pages 214 p.
Publication Date 01 February 2002
Nb of pages 214
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $12.50
My Uncle Octave, the eminent professor of scholastics at the University of Y***, suffered from his conjugal happiness as though from an illness, firm in the belief he would be cured of it once he had made it contagious. My Aunt Roberte’s beauty was that sober sort of which so often conceals pronounced tendencies to frivolity: discovering them, you feel wronged and regret not having proceeded somewhat more purposefully. Strangely enough, my uncle considered himself the foremost victim of this equivocal situation; my aunt realized it, and had become that much more rigid in her hostile attitude toward all his ideas. And the more she entrenched herself in this attitude, the more enigmatic my uncle judged her to be; searching a way out of his perplexity he had hit upon nothing better than to introduce into their way of life a rule of hospitality which our traditions condemn as shameful. My aunt passed for an “emancipated” woman, but here again my uncle was wrong; she of course could not do otherwise than disapprove of my uncle’s innovation; but, and this is equally certain, she had been more than once obliged to fall in with this established custom. This, today, is how I account for that atmosphere in the house where I spent such a trying adolescence. My aunt treated me like a brother, and the professor had turned me into his favorite disciple; I served as a pretext for the practice of that hospitality which was practiced at my aunt’s expense.
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