8 of the sexiest novels of world literature
These books refused to be printed, banned for sale, smuggled, read in secret and were widely discussed as a portrait of modern society. Famous works of world literature, in which much more than fifty shades of passion, in our review.
Giovanni Boccaccio "The Decameron"
Collection of short stories, 1352–1354
1348, the plague epidemic in Florence. In order not to catch the deadly disease, seven beautiful ladies and three young men, also of noble birth, leave for the country villa, where they pass the time talking about what they have ever experienced, read, heard. Ten days (“Decameron” in ancient Greek means “ten days”), ten story-tellers, ten stories from each — this was a collection of 100 novels, most of which are about love, passion and their consequences, funny and instructive, vulgar and worthy of admiration, permeated with eroticism and tragic. The book Boccaccio was called "priestess", blamed for sinfulness, "undermining" the foundations of religion and morality.But the Decameron has remained in world culture for centuries, since the main passion in this “human comedy” is the love of life in all its manifestations.
... human desires are not satisfied by any boundaries, but always strive further
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch "Venus in Furs"
In the name of the Austrian writer, during his lifetime, science called masochism, an attraction in which pain and pleasure are inseparable. The main theme of the works of Sacher-Masoch is a man in a voluntary, bringing him the pleasure of submission from a beautiful and powerful woman. The main characters of "Venus in Furs" are autobiographical. In the 30-year-old pedant Severin, with “frantic bouts of passion, ready to be the slave of his beloved mistress, Sacher-Masoch himself guesses, and in Vanda von Dunaeva, who loves to wrap herself in furs and pushed around by men, his wife Aurora von Ryumslin, as well as his mistresses and even aunt from the father who carved Leopold with rods when he was a teenager. The book makes an impression on readers not only by deepening into the theme of “dominant” love, but also by the graceful syllable of the diary of an educated person, non-vulgar candor and reflections on gender relations and the nature of passion.
Love knows neither virtue nor merit.She loves and forgives and tolerates everything because she cannot otherwise
David Herbert Lawrence "Lady Chatterley's Lover"
The book, which is now considered a classic, for a long time bore the label of pornography. In Great Britain in 1928, the circulation of the novel, which was ready for sale, was seized and destroyed, and only in 1960, after a trial, the work was restored to rights. Lawrence, who died in 1930, didn’t see this victory of his brainchild ... They blamed the writer for shame that the erotic scenes in his works are quite frank. Lawrence himself said that his goal was to show what the conflict of mind and flesh, social dogmas and "dark gods" instincts leads to. The most scandalous book of the master of British literature is devoted to a love triangle, in which there is a charming young lady, her husband (a war invalid who nobly allowed his wife to take on what he is unable to give) and the gloomy huntsman of their estate.
Sex, in fact, is nothing but a contact, the closest of contacts. But it is the contact that we fear most.
Henry Miller "Tropic of Cancer"
The book describing the bohemian life of an American writer in Paris in the late 1920s - early 1930s is largely autobiographical. The author emphasizes this by making the main character his full namesake. The literary Henry Miller is interrupted by casual earnings and descends them in taverns and dens, and describes his amorous adventures (the narrative is conducted in the first person) in the most frank details. But the meaning of the novel is not shocking for the sake of shocking, although the book due to "corruption of morals" was prohibited in the US and Britain, and in France they sold it in English and did not put them on display. The writer and his novel alter ego in philosophical thoughts with bitterness and cynicism in half note how lonely and unhappy is the man in this world.
We get pleasure from anything, but not from life.
Vladimir Nabokov "Lolita"
Another book on our list, which in the twentieth century was banned completely or partially in several countries, including the USSR, the USA, France, the UK, Argentina and South Africa. Yes, and Nabokov recalled that he almost burned the manuscript before sending it to the publishers, because he understood what kind of reaction his society would cause.The story of the forbidden love of a 37-year-old teacher of French literature to a 12-year-old schoolgirl pushes and intrigues - every reader has his attitude to this novel. Sublime and vile, farcical and tragic in Nabokov's novel are closely intertwined, as in life, and peppered - in the author's favorite creative manner - with meaningful cultural symbols and intellectual riddles.
Lolita, the light of my life, the fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-whether-that ...
Pascal Bruckner "Bitter Moon"
Paradoxes of love is a cross-cutting theme of creativity of the French writer Pascal Brückner. In “Bitter Moon” it is presented especially brightly and many-sidedly, because the wrong side of the feelings of the main characters, Franz and Rebecca, turns out to be mutually destroying hatred, and the passion in their relationship borders on insanity and animal instincts, gets along with cruelty and the need to humiliate. The more Rebecca dissolves as a person in a loved one, the colder it becomes to her and the worse she treats her. Return the degree of passion, as in the first days of dating, the couple is trying with the help of sophisticated bed games - their description and brought the novel a scandalous reputation.
... love - these are two loneliness, congregating with the aim of creating a misunderstanding.But is there a more seductive misunderstanding?
Elfriede Jelinek "Lust"
From the first steps in the literary field in his student years to receiving the Nobel Prize in literature in 2004, Jelinek's work is accompanied by the epithet “scandalous” and even “pornographic”. An Austrian novelist, playwright, and a public figure in the field of feminism raises uncomfortable for society topics in his books: excessive consumption, domestic violence, inertia of stereotypes about family, rights and duty of a man and a woman in it. The plot of "Lust" - a young woman for whom the golden cage - living with a rich husband (the "pampers" of a comfortable life, bored to disgust, married affinity) - became a prison, from where Gerty, the heroine, barely escapes.
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