This project draws inspiration from the renowned French author George Bataille's seminal work, "Madame Edwarda". The story features a young and alluring prostitute, whose character embodies the surreal and enigmatic nature of the divine.
Madame Edwarda is a novel by French author Georges Bataille, originally published in 1941. The book is a surreal and erotic exploration of the relationship between sex and death, and it follows the narrator's encounter with the enigmatic Madame Edwarda. The story is told from the perspective of the narrator, who becomes obsessed with Madame Edwarda after meeting her in a park. Madame Edwarda is a mysterious figure who seems to embody both eroticism and death, and the narrator is drawn into her world of taboo sexual acts and extreme violence. The novel explores themes of desire, transgression, and the search for meaning in a world that seems to reject all forms of morality.
Bataille's writing in Madame Edwarda is characterized by its raw, visceral style and its explicit depiction of sex and violence. The novel has been praised for its bold exploration of taboo subjects and its uncompromising vision of human sexuality. At the same time, it has also been criticized for its extreme and often disturbing content. Despite its controversial reputation, Madame Edwarda remains a powerful and influential work of avant-garde literature, and it continues to challenge readers to confront their own deepest fears and desires.
I was pulled out of my dazed confusion by an only too human voice. Madame Edwarda’s thin voice, like her slender body, was obscene: ‘I guess what you want is to see the old rag and ruin,’ she said. Hanging on to the tabletop with both hands, I twisted around toward her. She was seated, she held one leg stuck up in the air, to open her crack yet wider she used fingers to draw the folds of skin apart. And so Madame Edwarda’s ‘old rag and ruin’ loured at me, hairy and pink, just as full of life as some loathsome squid. ‘Why,’ I stammered in a subdued tone, ‘why are you doing that?’ ‘You can see for yourself,’ she said, ‘I’m GOD.’ ‘I’m going crazy –’
- Georges Bataille, Madame Edwarda, 1937