By Bernard Noël

While Le Château de Cène (here translated because the fortress of Communion) first seemed in France in 1969, lower than the sonorous pseudonym of Urbain d’Orlhac, it created a sensation. instantly regarded as being one of the best works of French literary eroticism (along with, say, Bataille’s tale of the attention, or Reage’s tale of O), its writer used to be quickly pointed out: the poet and essayist Bernard Noël, born in 1930.

The writer recounts an excessive initiatory sexual quest which happens on a mysterious distant island. selected because the moon’s lover the hero undertakes a Dantesque voyage via sucessive degrees of soreness and ecstasy. The book’s climax is a beatific ceremony of sexual purification within the fortress of Communion, that is defined in a poetic language without delay incantatory, crude and virtually mystical. The depth of the booklet suits its approach to composition: dictated right into a tape recorder and comprehensive in just three weeks, and written as a partial reaction to the atrocities of the French gurus in Algeria.

This variation is postfaced via Noël’s essay The Outrage opposed to phrases, his recommendations at the government’s unsuccessful makes an attempt throughout the courts to supress the unconventional for "outraging public morals." He illuminates the intimate connection among writing and censorship typically.

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