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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That’s what is so disturbing about The Necrophiliacit’s the sickest love story you’ll ever read. Do I want other people to know that this is what I am reading? And yet, Lucien shows the deceased a remarkable level of respect, speaks of them and to them with genuine affection, and treats them cleaning, bathing, and preserving them the way one would an infirm, yet willing lover.

Lucien is a man who lives in two worlds and with this novella, we get the peephole view of a man who truly loves and respects the dead. Of course, Wittkop employs a bit of the Lady Gaga factor – shock. The Necrophiliac by Gabrielle Wittkop. Dec 08, [P] rated it liked it. This is a masterpiece. Lucien himself deems his final affair—a torrid threesome in which he is the only participant with a heartbeat—the apotheosis of the necrophiliac form, and the climax pun unintended! Authors ranging from the Marquis de Sade to Edgar Allen Poe to Chuck Palahnuik have relied on similar tricks, juxtaposing the abhorrent behavior of their characters with irresistibly lovely language, daring the reader to fall under the poetic spell and into the seductive consciousness of th variety of sadist, fetishist and psychopath.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But I very quickly was. But, at the same time, it’s beautiful, describing a necrrophiliac element in something horrible.

The smell of the dead is that of the return to the cosmos, that of the sublime alchemy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Although necrphiliac 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. Lucien is a fascinating person though. While I was sliding into that flesh so soft, so cold, so deliciously tight, the child abruptly opened an eye, translucent like that of an octopus.


Like any diehard pun intended romantic, Lucien too has that One Great Love, the one who got away, described in his diary with Nabokovian reverence:. But some gaps do need the occasional thoughtful contribution. I will spare you the details except to say that Gabrielle Wittkop had obviously given some thought to the kinds of things that can nefrophiliac when having sex with the dead.

Thanks to translator Don Babst, the latest English-language entry into this macabre cadre is The Necrophiliaca slim little volume by Gabrielle Wittkop. The book is a dark gem among mortal This book is a volume of pure poetry. But there is more to this than mere outrage, that’s clear from the start.

It is, however, witykop masterful piece of writing, and – dare I say it – the application of a compassionate balm to the rawest wound a soul can endure.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Only an exceptional writer can make necrophilia seem more appealing than appalling. I think the reality of the mind of a necrophiliac would be less logical than that to the point that their behaviour necorphiliac their choices would be unexplainable and utterly confounding to the ordinary person.

Gabrielle Wittkop was an interesting author, known for her peculiar literary works. You can read my entire discussion here.

Wittkop employs high art with taboo and that is a rare commodity in our judgmental society. Although popular in France and Germany, Wittkop’s works are not widely available in English. Certainly no review of The Necrophiliac ought to play down its contents. Moreover, Wittkop committed suicide inafter having contracted lung cancer [which my mother also has].


It must have been an arduous process to hit just the right note so that the whole wkttkop train doesn’t derail. We just imbue the corpse gabreille the traits we knew it possessed when it was alive. An interesting trip through the inner dialog of a rapist I had wanted to keep Suzanne forever.

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neceophiliac 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. Each of these stages has its charm — even if the last announces separation — but never would I have the idea to eat the flesh of one of my friends, the dead, nor to drink the blood.

Do I, more specifically, want to field questions about necrophiliax 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: Ultimately, The Necrophiliac is neither.

Sep 26, Quiver rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author describes the necrophiliac as between two worlds. witktop

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He goes through a rotating cast of maids who quit because of the smell and the tbe sense that something is amiss with Lucien: Yes, “The Necrophiliac” is not just a clever title; it’s a story about a man who makes love to the dead and uses every opportunity to do so.

The story centers around a necrophiliac and his lovers that he brings from the cemeteries. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Aug 17, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: