The Castle of Communion

The Castle of Communion

Bernard Noël


whilst Le Château de Cène (here translated because the citadel of Communion) first seemed in France in 1969, less than the sonorous pseudonym of Urbain d’Orlhac, it created a sensation. instantly regarded as being probably the greatest 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 extreme 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 ache and ecstasy. The book’s climax is a beatific ceremony of sexual purification within the fort of Communion, that is defined in a poetic language instantly incantatory, crude and virtually mystical. The depth of the booklet suits its approach to composition: dictated right into a tape recorder and complete in just three weeks, and written as a partial reaction to the atrocities of the French professionals in Algeria.

This version is postfaced through Noël’s essay The Outrage opposed to phrases, his options at the government’s unsuccessful makes an attempt during the courts to supress the unconventional for "outraging public morals." He illuminates the intimate connection among writing and censorship normally.

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