A Parisian antique dealer with a lust for corpses indulges his macabre fetish in this faux shocking novella by the late Wittkop (–). THE NECROPHILIAC BY GABRIELLE WITTKOP. Last Christmas I decided I was going to buy my mother some books. She has always been a. The Necrophiliac, Wittkop’s first novel, is structured as a series of entries in the diary of Lucien, the eponymous corpse-lover and owner of.

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I don’t hate my occupation: The complete review ‘s Review:. And yet he is the protagonist of one of the 20th century’s acknowledged classics. Wittkop tells Lucien’s story in gorgeous language, lush with wicked humor, and – most effectively – with brutal estrangements from those things we all ostensibly treasure: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

He goes through a rotating cast of maids who quit because of the smell and the ever-present sense that something is amiss with Lucien: The prose is beautiful, maybe even elevating; however,the wiittkop and the content are perverse. The first identified sex-attractant pheromone was bombykol from the silkmoth Bombyx mori.

It lulls you into accepting its world. Perhaps you have a stronger stomach than I do, but I make no apologies for what I have revealed [nor for my squeamishness].

The Necrophiliac is, indeed, the story of someone who defiles corpses. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

He is a romantic necrophile, genuinely drawn to specific dead people. This new translation introduces readers to a masterpiece of French For more than three decades, Lucien — one of the most notorious characters in the history of the novel gabroelle has haunted the imaginations of readers around the world.

Each entry is written in disturbing detail but with a loving, romantic and delicate feel that balances out the feelings of horror and disgust that his actions provoke. As with Nabokov, the comedy comes from the difference between how our narrator writes and what he gets up to.

Lucien reveals that his younger self was masturbating [quite innocently, it seems] when he found out that his mother had died, and therefore one could see this as forming in his mind some kind of connection between sex and death. All happiness carries with it the seed of its own necrkphiliac.


The Necrophilica covers new ground for me.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. No counterpart for the necrophiliac in love, the gift he gives necrophiliax himself awakens no enthusiasm. Although this is only a novella, it would’ve lost a lot of it’s impact if it had been any longer and it packs a lot into these 90 odd pages.

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I must admit that I was close to abandoning it after only two or three pages. In his diary, Lucien, who is a wealthy antiques dealer, describes in detail his love affairs with dead people.

He explains how he goes about his business — generally digging up fresh graves this aspect of his story doesn’t sound entirely realistic, but one gives him the benefit of the doubtand then disposing of them in the Seine after he’s had his way with them. Aug 17, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: Less convincing is the narrator’s other claim, that: Did I enjoy it? A House in Santiago by Luis Sepu Necrrophiliac la clandestinidad exige unas murallas que protejan del aliento de la tierra y unas cortinas que detengan la mirada de los astros.

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With one or two gabriielle. The only flaw in the whole thing is the somewhat unimaginative and all too neat explanation for how and why Lucien is how he is. It’s a kind of masculine bravado that stretches a narrative to fill a larger container than it requires. Subscribe Get future issues or buy back issues. The story centers around a necrophiliac and his lovers that he brings from the cemeteries.

I would in this case be slightly anxious about the co-worker who absconds with your donation and delights in finally having found a soulmate.

Even though Lucien is aware of his morbid predilection, he still has enough pride to take offense when people confuse the necrophiliac with the vampire. The Necrophiliac – Canada. Only death, mine, will deliver me from defeat, from the wound that time inflicts on us. When presented with the opportunity to use both the word “nauseating” and “lyrical” to describe the gabriele book, it’s time to cash in on that.


It is Neceophiliac Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop.

Lists with This Book. Lucien is very expressive, and it was especially interesting how, for him, the dead had vastly different personalities.

The Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop – review

Gruesome subject matter described in such a way that you can’t stop reading. Jan 09, Caroline Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 13, Matthew Moon rated it it was amazing. This book is basically something pages of shock value with no clear plot beyond the protagonist retrieves and molests a variety of corpses, which becomes redundant after you complete ths first interlude.

It goes without saying that squeamish readers need not approach this book. May wittop, Brian rated it it was amazing.

Yes, yes I did. Always this old and aberrant confusion between two beings so fundamentally opposed as the vampire and the necrophiliac, between the dead that feed off the living and the living who love the dead.

Why should he experience any of those things? But Wittkop proves the most daring with her homage to necrophilia, The Necrophiliacwritten in a elegant, morose, wickedly humorous and taut style. I have actually seen the book referred to as a romance novel, and while that seems something of a stretch it could be said to be a love letter to necrophilia, to the special joys of union with a corpse. And I find that attractive, and it made me more sympathetic to her book, it made me necrophiiliac it in light of her desire to not only piss off conventional society, but also exercise her freedom.