Forbidden Book club - begins April 26 2017 with Anaïs Nin 'Incest' March 23 2017
As promised, the 'Forbidden Book Club' is beginning this month.
The inspiration behind the book club for me has been the books I encountered during my research which had variously been banned or censored. (This included for my research - books including flagellation and other erotic content, such as the material listed in Henry Spencer Ashbee's 'Index Librorum Prohibitorum', published under Pisanus Fraxi, which itself indexed the Catholic Church's List of Banned Books.)
I am particularly choosing books which are not too-hard-going, in terms of historical language, and are accessible for people to get hold of.
The first book will be Anaïs Nin 'Incest: From a Journal of Love: The Previously Unpublished Unexpurgated Diary, 1932-1934'.
NOTE: NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH 'HOUSE OF INCEST' BY ANAIS NIN WHICH IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOOK. RATHER WE ARE READING PART OF HER JOURNAL FROM 1932-1934.
The book is available including cheap second-hand copies from..
Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/Incest-Journal-Unexpurgated-Diary-1932-1934/dp/0156443007/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Incest-Unexpurgated-Diaries-1932-20131934-Anais-Nin/0720615828/
or feel free to source from Abe Books, or your local bookshop.
Date-wise, I will give everyone a little bit of time to order their copy and begin reading.
So the First Forbidden Book Club will begin April 26, 2017.
I will see if I can arrange a web livestream in which I will discuss the book with wine and cheese, and a few of my author / sex geekdom friends, with people able to link in and post comments, postulations and thoughts on the book.
ANNE O NOMIS'S NOTES FOR SELECTION
French diarist and author Anaïs Nin was (of course) right up on my "must include" list for the Forbidden Book Club. Her diary writing, I feel, is even stronger than her short stories.
Initially I thought of Anaïs Nin's diary often referred to as "Henry and June". However that episode of Nin's life and journal of that era is relatively well-known. Much less well-known is the preceding period and journal, Incest, which deals with Anais Nin seeking to seduce her father, on advice of her psychoanalysts.
So here we are in the realm of what is regarded as one of the essential human societal taboos, from an anthropological standpoint. Even more so perhaps because it is female rather than male agency driving the seduction. Nin's plan worked through apparently in dialogue with her therapists - is to seduce her father and leave him, as punishment for abandoning her as a child.
I have personally not read this diary of Nin's before, so will be fresh to the material as well as most of my book club readers I imagine.
The content of course should be regarded in context of when the diary was written, 1932-34, and the backdrop of psychoanalytic thought of the era.
I will be reading this with wine and cheese discussion, and hope to recruit a couple of fabulous sex geek friends.
Feel free to join us.
Anne O Nomis
Author of 'The History & Arts of the Dominatrix'