“[A] delicious, bold and genuinely immoral book, or perhaps rather a treatise in favor of hedonism and the pleasures of desire.” A. Castro, El Periodico
The Arch of Desire
978-0-8021-3969-6 • $11.00 • Paperback • May 2003
A delectable novel of a man's lifelong devotion to erotic exploration, The Arch of Desire is based very loosely on the life of the artist Pierre Molinier, admired by the surrealists and creator of a many-layered erotic universe. As the novel opens, Pierre is a boy, raised by a wealthy family of Belgian winemakers. Precociously curious about the opposite sex—particularly the intimate garments he finds drying in the laundry room—he is initiated into the erotic by a family servant and soon moves on to the more forbidden charms of his lovely, sophisticated half sister. As he comes of age—attending art school, becoming an acclaimed painter, and settling in Bordeaux—Pierre simultaneously pursues ever more complex pleasures, devouring his father's collection of de Sade, Restif de la Bretonne, and other erotic classics, sampling the varieties of women—from a Senegalese prostitute, to a lesbian who works as a dominatrix to rich men, to
a beautiful German who becomes his last, most perfect lover—and exploring the limits of his fetishes for dressing up and the adoration of beautiful, feminine feet. A delightful recollection of sexual pleasure from the dawn to the twilight of life, The Arch of Desire will satisfy every erotic appetite.