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Literature and Perversion

Before the 50 Shades of Greys, before sexually explicit content in movies, even before pornography, there was only 1 channel through which people could learn, among other things, about the naughtiness of it all – books.

For the better part of history, books were the only secondary way, not counting word of mouth, to find out and notify others of anything – in our case, of sexual practices, trends, fads, dos and don’ts. And for this giant period, books were sufficient. They represented something beyond, a transcendent medium through which, when those so entertained by the Eros met their demise at the hands of the Thanatos, their writings and teachings could go on and stand the test of time for the coming generations. But, not to get too carried away with the existential theme of it all, books still served every aforementioned purpose.

It’s to no one’s surprise that erotic books were for a big chunk of our collective being banned, criticized as aberrant forms of literature and the like. Like everything that was at one point oppressed or suppressed, it soon became the norm.

What are some erotic books that we recommend?

  • Right off the bat, we have got to mention the Kama Sutra
  • It’s an ancient Indian Sanskrit text that delves into subject matters like emotional fulfillment in life, eroticism and human sexuality. It’s not an especially lengthy book, only 240 pages, but the pages hold deep truths. Not to be overlooked is the wide-accepted claim that no one really knows what it’s about, at the crux of it.
  • What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell. This is definitely a lighter read than the last entry, but it is by no means a breeze. The story is a reminiscence of the protagonist about his earliest sexual encounters.
  • Written on the Body, by Jeanette Winterson. This is a revelatory crossbreed of prose poem, erotic ode, and philosophical text that just unspools in a silk-like manner, offering twists at every turn. It starts out as an affair story—the gender-ambiguous narrator falls for a married woman at the brink of her life.
  • If you’re looking for something more straight-forward, then the following entries will oblige aptly – The Big Book of Kink. We’ll leave you to pick it up yourself an enjoy yourselves.
  • Another light, yet steamily ravishing read is the Story of O. Like in the previous entry, spoilers are best left unsaid.
  • Sabbath’s Theater, by Philip Roth. Another book by Roth is an easy pick, his Portnoy’s Complaint. But Sabbath’s Theater is where the real action is. Can’t recommend it enough; it’s much, much more than the quintessential story of sex.

With all of these recommendations, we hope that you’ll get your place next to the fireplace warmed and you can start your moisty reads.

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