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Story of O
O for orifice, O for origin, O for objectification

POLIPply >10 – VOICINGS - 4th may 2011
Christian Bók, Frances Kruk, dan scott, Emmanuelle waeckerle, Lydia White

An exercise in storytelling and a personal reading of the famous novel Story of O published in 1954. Known for forty years as Pauline Réage, the author chose at 86, four years before she died, to reveal herself as Dominique Aury, a mild-mannered liberated spinster and literary editor for Gallimard, France’s most prestigious publishing house.

The reading is of a prepared text, rewritten as a more accurate interpretation of the title; story of O, preceded by a preface revealing a rather personal connection to the story.
For this first reading of 28 mins, I reached page 5. I will carry on from this point forward for the next reading and so on until I reach the last word.

“To a greater or lesser extent, everyone depends on stories, on novels, to discover the manifold truth of life. Only such stories, read sometimes in a trance, have the power to confront a person with his fate. This is why we must keep passionately striving after what constitutes a story.”
George Bataille. Blue of Noon appendix: The author’s foreword (1957)

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