The Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop

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Translated for the first time into English, this masterpiece of French literature is striking, not only for its astonishing subject matter but for the poetic beauty of the late author’s subtle, intricate prose. As the haunting protagonist Lucien grapples with a taboo desire, the novel goes far beyond mere gothic horror to explore the melancholy in the loneliest depths of the human condition, forcing readers to confront their own mortality with an unprecedented intimacy. The Necrophiliac has become a cult classic in the 40 years since its original publication, one that is especially intriguing due to the insight it lends into the author's fascinatingly reclusive mind.

 

About Gabrielle Wittkop

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Gabrielle Wittkop was the author of several novels in her native French. Don Bapst is an award-winning filmmaker and the author of danger@liaisons.com and The Hanged Man.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by ECW Press. 94 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When George Orwell wrote to defend Henry Miller in his essay "Inside the Whale", he noted that when approaching an "unprintable" (for his times) book, "either one is shocked and disgusted, or one is morbidly thrilled, or one is determined above all else not to be impressed."

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