"I grew up very much alone, and as far back as I recall I was frightened of anything sexual. I was nearly sixteen when I met Simone, a girl my own age, at the beach in X. [...] The blood shot to my head, and I stood before her a while, immobile and trembling, as she eyed my stiff cock bulging in my trousers."
This fragment belongs to Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye, first published in 1928 under the pseudonym of Lord Auch. In a conservative time, the book was cataloged as "mere pornography" and only 134 copies were distributed next to the 8 lithographies by André Masson. The plot of the story revolves around two teenagers that through extreme sexual practices "look for the limits of reason" to define the principle of madness. Although there are many great authors with erotic pieces among their bibliography, like the Marquis de Sade or Henry Miller, for many Bataille is the erotic novelist par excellence.
Eighty eight years after the publication of Bataille's novel, the erotic genre has invaded the bookshops in the shape of best-sellers. With the success of novels like Fifty Shades of Grey or The Blackstone Affair, society has become more openminded, so it has become usual to buy, read, and recommend books with sensual descriptions of wild sexual encounters. This type of literature has been widely discussed and criticized by many; however, this doesn't prevent people's eagerness to read and explore their own sexuality through suggestive books. Which are the most recent works of erotic literature? Leaving aside Mr. Grey, and considering that the genre has been diluted to sell millions of copies, we share with you some of the best erotic novels published in the past years.
The Other Side of Sex (2006)
Although it's not precisely an erotic novel, this book is the French author's thoughts on sexual practices like BDSM, fellatio, and even esthetic surgeries on the genitals. The author of the famous Diary of a Nymphomaniac, one of the best erotic novels of recent times, she addresses the tastes and sexual fixations of society's minorities to defy all taboos, inform, and understand sex as a game that knows no boundaries.
The Limit of Pleasure (2012)
Dylan Ivory is an erotic literature writer who controls every aspect of her life and lives through the pleasant words she's capable of writing. However, one day while she's doing some research to write a new novel, she meets Alec Walker, an author of psychological thrillers, who enjoys adrenaline and extreme sports. It's precisely Alec who will give Dylan the opportunity to enter a BDSM club and invite her to taste these pleasures for herself. Will Dylan let herself go?
Beautiful Bastard (2013)
This novel –with multiple sequels and alternative stories– was born as a Twilight fan fiction that was first called The Office, but later on, the rights were acquired by the editorial Simon & Schuster, which changed the name. Like many erotic novels that narrate the most popular sexual fantasies, the plot of this book takes place in the office where Chloe is working as an intern while she studies for a master's degree. She works for Bennet Ryann, a boss she can't stand at all. However, the coldness and the distance between them will be broken when both have to stay at the office to prepare a speech. As it is said, one thing leads to another, and so, begins a sexual relationship.
Best Erotic Romance (2013)
Wright is an academic of the University of Virginia that has published a wide variety of erotic books and short stories. In this specific book, she assembles 17 narrations from different writers of the genre. With names like Sylvia Day, Donna George Storey, Saskia Walker, and Nikki Magennis, these detailed narrations show the sexual life of these authors free from taboos.
Lost Girls Vol-1-3 (2006)
Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie
This graphic novel is an erotic adaptation of the lives of three endearing childhood characters: Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Dorothy (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), and Wendy Darling (Peter Pan). These characters, who have grown up and are now at the peak of their sexual maturity, get involved in a series of adventures that go against the boundaries of an ultraconservative society. This novel is the result of sixteen years of work between the writer and the illustrator.
House of Holes (2011)
The novel describes everything that happens in the House of Holes, "a pleasure resort, where normal rules don't apply." It's a place where anyone wanting to explore their fantasies and overcome the fear of trying new things can go to have sex with trees or visit the famous moaning room. This mysterious house belongs to a woman whose breast milk has regenerative properties that astonish its visitors.
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Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards