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The Image (novel)

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Original title  L'Image
Originally published  1956
Genre  Erotic literature
Country  France
3.6/5 Goodreads

Language  French
Author  Catherine Robbe-Grillet
Adaptations  The Image (1976)
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Publisher  Gala (French version) Grove Press (English version)
Publication date  1956 (Eng. trans. June 1966)
Media type  Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Erotic literature books  Story of O, Obsidian Butterfly, The Mammoth Book of E, Suburban Souls, Divine Misdemeanors

The Image (or in French "L'Image") is a classic 1956 sadomasochistic erotic novel, written by Catherine Robbe-Grillet and published under the pseudonym of Jean de Berg by ├ęditions de Minuit in 1956.

Contents

It was made into a 1973 film, The Image, also known as The Punishment of Anne.

Appraisals

Edmund White considered the novel "scandalous but eloquent...metaphysical".

Susan Sontag placed the text among the very few (5) erotic novels she considered to have serious artistic weight.

Theme

The Image is centred on a triangular relationship between the male narrator and two women, Anne and Claire. The narrator is puzzled by the meaning of their behavior throughout, gradually accumulating clues which only make full sense in the closing chapter, when Anne is revealed as the mirror image of the woman he actually loves, Claire.

References

The Image (novel) Wikipedia


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