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Auletris: Erotica by [Nin, Anais]
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Previously unpublished erotica by Anais Nin. After remaining hidden for more than 65 years, the story "Life in Provincetown" and the original, unedited version of "Marcel" were discovered after five copies were illegally printed in 1950 and sold to private collectors. Prime Nin erotica in its original form.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1578 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Blue Press (15 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MF60UYL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, sensuous, cerebral, joyfully sumptuous! 24 October 2016
By Terrance Aldon Shaw - Published on
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The publication of something new from none other than Anaïs Nin is itself the stuff of stories, akin to the live capture of a unicorn, or, at the very least, the discovery of long-buried pirate’s gold. It is an occasion to rejoice and once again make pilgrimage to the shrine of that great mother-goddess, the self-described “madame” of modern literary erotica. What a transcendent thrill to hold this book in one’s hands and read that glorious, hypnotically rhythmic, dream-spinning prose that was and is like nothing else.

What we know and take for granted today as literary erotica would be utterly unimaginable without the work of Anaïs Nin. Yet, as editor Paul Herron tells us in his concise yet densely informative introduction to 'Auletris', the author “didn’t take her erotic writing seriously…” Famously paid a dollar a page by a private collector for her now-classic tales, the writing of which she rather dismissively likened to forays into “literary prostitution”, Nin’s erotica was heavily edited for posthumous publication. 'Delta of Venus' appeared in print shortly after the author’s death in 1977. 'Little Birds' followed in 1979. One of the stories in Auletris is the unedited version of 'Marcel', which appears, severely pruned back, in 'Delta of Venus'. The other story in this new volume, 'Life in Provincetown', has never before been seen beyond private circles: only five copies of 'Auletris' were produced, the original type script and four carbons, which were “bound into books by the Press of the Sunken Eye” in 1950. This new edition, according to Herron, “is reproduced as it appears in the original (typescript) minus misspellings, typos, and minor formatting problems, allowing the reader to see Nin’s words as they were intended for the collector.”

And what extraordinary words they are! Everything we have come to love and revere in Nin’s work is here: the writing is, by turns, poetically inspired, sublime, sensuous, cerebral, steamy, trangressive, disturbing, psychologically searing, and joyfully sumptuous in its amoral abandon.

This being said, it would be dishonest to say that 'Life in Provincetown', for all its beauty and narrative surprise, is a perfectly finished work. More a promising chunk of literary ore not fully refined, the series of small erotic episodes that make up the whole can feel disjointed at times, even somewhat perfunctory, though this might be expected from “writing to entertain under pressure from a client” as the author herself described it, something that had to be turned out in a terrible hurry. Yet, make no mistake, had Nin cared to apply her brilliant, painstaking perfectionist’s attention to the polishing of this work, it would—I have no doubt—be among the greatest, most daring erotic stories of the twentieth century.

Passionately recommended!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than Erotica! A Literary Feast! 12 November 2016
By Chrissi Sepe - Published on
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"Auletris" is actually the first Anais Nin erotica I have ever read. I've read most of her diaries and two of her novels, "House of Incest" and "Winter of Artifice," but not her widely-known erotica books, "Delta of Venus" and "Little Birds." I've always felt that Nin's diaries could hold their own among the best literary novels, and "Auletris" proves this applies to her erotica as well.

"Auletris" consists of two parts - "Life in Provincetown" and "Marcel." These parts contain several stories within each. "Life in Provincetown" takes place in a fishing town where artists lead sexually liberated lifestyles. Families who also live there complain when the artists do things like sunbathe in the nude, but to no avail, as the artists will not be forced to change their ways. Nin skillfully interweaves these characters within all these stories and also in the stories of "Marcel." Her trademark of describing settings in sensual and detailed manners remains.

The stories in "Auletris" show Nin as a master of suspense. many conclude in twists that shock and lead us where we never expect. Most of the stories feature sexual taboos - you name the taboo, and it's in at least one of these stories! Some of the twists are an erotic encounter culminating in a sexual taboo, so prepare to be shocked.

In "Auletris," one can see why Nin is a pioneer of modern day erotica. She is fearless in exploring every aspect of sexuality. But "Auletris" also shows the pride and care she takes in creating her characters and stories. She doesn't write erotica solely to arouse. Instead, she crafts complete tales where the reader is brought into her characters' outer and inner worlds. "Auletris" is the type of book that needs to be read more than once. I've found my favorite parts, and I believe I will be rereading them on a regular basis!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANAIS NIN IS A ARVELLOUS WRITER!! 23 November 2016
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hot off the press--A new find



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5.0 out of 5 stars very sexy 16 January 2017
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two very good erotic stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY AULETRIS EROTICA 28 October 2016
By Kennedy Gammage - Published on
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Thank you Paul Herron and Sky Blue Press. All Nin fans will be happy with this. Auletris is a lovely little book of highly literary erotica from one of our favorite authors (she feels almost like a friend) Anaïs Nin. Look at the photo of her with flowers in her hair on the beach in Provincetown in 1941 – a delicate naiad who could conjure powerfully erotic writing from the deep well of her own sensuality. Book One: Life in Provincetown (previously unpublished) reminded me of one of my favorite Steinbeck books Sweet Thursday, with its evocation of a working class fishing town populated by Italians and Portuguese, piers and wharves - and shacks, where neighbors are one whisper away from intimate encounters. And look at the words she employs just in the first paragraph of Marcel (much longer version than previously published) – “attenuated…luminous…silkiness…fragile…vulnerable…transparent…assertiveness…oscillating…” The woman could really write, obviously! But she was writing what she knew, from experience. Some of these characters were probably real people (Hans = Miller I think) and maybe some of these intimate stories were true as well! If so – thank you Anaïs. For sharing your personal life with us. Your world and ours are very different in many ways. But the world of men and woman and intimacy – it was ever thus.

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