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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She herself committed suicide inafter she was diagnosed with lung cancer.

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When presented with the opportunity to use both the word “nauseating” and “lyrical” to describe the same book, it’s time to cash in on that. She has always been nercophiliac reader, but I had never really taken any notice of what exactly she read.

Sex is spoken of in all forms except one. Although popular in France and Germany, Wittkop’s works are not widely available in English.

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This is a masterpiece. Do I want to be seen with this? Dec 06, Allison rated it really liked it.

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It has not appeared in Rhe before, even though it was originally published in After her partner committed suicide, she wrote an account of it in Hemlock Indeed, I was put in an absurd, and uncomfortable, situation whereby I found myself having to weigh up whether, for example, a bunch of women being tied to radiators and repeatedly raped was more or less nasty than the slaughter and dismemberment of children.


Secondly, and more significantly, I was interested in Gabrielle Wittkop herself.

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. The storyline reminded me a lot of Perfume by Patrick Suskind. 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 every variety of sadist, fetishist and psychopath.

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The Necrophiliac is a morbidly engrossing read that anyone interested in horror or gothic literature might want to check out. We just imbue the corpse with the traits we knew it possessed when it was alive. Selected Stories by Thee Tremblay. Not surprisingly, she was a fan of Markis de Sade.

From time to time, she emits a deep gurgling that makes me suspicious.

It allows us a bit of wriggle room. She certainly had a mean character, I would swear to it. With one or two reservations. wittkpo

Truly, the occupation of an antiquarian is a situation almost idea for the necrophiliac. 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. I’ve been utterly engrossed, abhorred, amused, and intrigued whilst reading it, and now all that roams my head is a plethora of oxymorons to scribble about the leading character, about his ardour to have the flesh of the deceased, the tenderness and care he showed the cadavers, and his perfervid love for the dead.


If only he were a vampire with centuries of afterlife experience to round out his character. After all, Lucien owns his own respectable business. Certainly no review of The Necrophiliac ought to play down its contents. Each encounter is Lucien is an antique dealer, a French gentleman, and a necrophiliac.

Comparisons to Lolita aren’t inaccurate. Though there are details in this book that lend themselves well to readers looking for a nasty wallow, this is, at its core, a romantic book about doomed love.

Aug 08, Joey B. He gabriellr have a point there. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

Jun 26, Sam rated it really liked it Shelves: Seeing Red by Ellen Jones. At times he appears strangely normal as he goes about his ordinary daytime life.