Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

Bataille’s first novel, published under the pseudonym ‘Lord Auch’, is still his most notorious work. In this explicit pornographic fantasy, the young male narrator and his lovers Simone and Marcelle embark on a sexual quest involving sadism, torture, orgies, madness and defilement, culminating in a final act of transgression. Shocking and sacreligious, Story of the Eye is the fullest expression of Bataille’s obsession with the closeness of sex, violence and death. Yet it is also hallucinogenic in its power, and is one of the erotic classics of the twentieth century.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
By Georges Bataille Story of the Eye (1st City Lights ed) Paperback 302011 $27.77 $15.53 2001
Story of the Eye (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 2157606 $6.15 $34.78 2001
Story of the eye Hardcover 2686999 $137.80 $44.99
Story Of The Eye Mass Market Paperback 4000414 $155.42 $44.99 1982
By Georges Bataille - Story of the Eye (12.2.2000) Paperback 627669 $9.94 $5.99 2000
Story of the Eye (Modern Classics) Paperback 5040245 $7.64 1982
Story of the Eye Paperback 6704000 $17.09 1979
Story of the Eye (Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 3083947 $7.31
Story of the Eye (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition 61789 $8.38 2013
Story of the Eye Paperback 115656 $4.23 $4.19 2001