The Image (novel)

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The Image
Author Jean de Berg
Original title L'Image
Country France
Language French
Genre Erotic novel
Publisher Gala (French version)
Grove Press (English version)
Publication date
1956 (Eng. trans. June 1966)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN NA

The Image (or in French "L'Image") is a classic 1956 sadomasochistic erotic novel, written by Catherine Robbe-Grillet[1] and published under the pseudonym of Jean de Berg by éditions de Minuit in 1956.

It was made into a 1973 film, The Image, also known as The Punishment of Anne.[2]

Appraisals[edit]

Edmund White considered the novel "scandalous but eloquent...metaphysical".[3]

Susan Sontag placed the text among the very few (5) erotic novels she considered to have serious artistic weight.[4]

Theme[edit]

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.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ P. M. Cryle. Geometry in the Boudoir: Configurations of French Erotic Narrative. Cornell University Press (3 Jun 1994) ISBN 0-8014-2913-7
  2. ^ Rotten Tomatoes review: The Image (1973)
  3. ^ Edmund White, Arts and Letters (2006) p. 166
  4. ^ Susan Sontag, 'The Pornographic Imagination', in George Battaile, Story of the Eye (2001) p. 84-6
  5. ^ Susan Sontag, 'The Pornographic Imagination', in George Battaile, Story of the Eye (2001) p. 109-10