Story of O
- ISBN 0552089303
At the beginning of the story, O is brought by her lover René to the château of Roissy, where she is trained to serve the men of an elite group. She is taught to be constantly available to any of the men for oral, vaginal, and anal sexual intercourse. At the castle she is humiliated, whipped, chained, blindfolded, etc. to train her to complete submission. All this happens with her consent though.
After this first period of training is finished, René hands O to Sir Stephen, a more dominant master. René wants O to learn to serve someone whom she does not love, and someone who does not love her. Over the course of this training, O falls in love with Sir Stephen and believes him to be in love with her as well. While her vain friend and lover, Jacqueline, is repulsed by O's chains and scars, O herself is proud of her condition as a willing slave. During the summer, Sir Stephen decides to move O to Samois, an old mansion solely inhabited by women for advanced training and body modifications related to submission (branding and labia piercing). At the climax, O appears as a slave, nude but for an owl-like mask, before a large party of guests who treat her solely as an object.
Publishing history and reception
Story of O was first published by Jean-Jacques Pauvert in 1954. In February 1955, Story of O won the French literature prize Prix des Deux Magots, although this did not prevent the French authorities from bringing obscenity charges against the publisher. The charges were rejected by the courts, but a publicity ban was imposed for a number of years.
The first English translation of the novel was published in 1965. A sequel, Retour à Roissy (Return to Roissy, but often translated as Return to the Chateau, Continuing the Story of O), was published in 1969 in French, and in English in 1971. It is not known whether this work is by the same author as the original.
Story of O is today one of the best known works of BDSM fiction. The novel was strongly criticised by many feminists, who felt it glorified the abuse of women.
In 1975 a French film based on the book was released as Histoire d'O (English title: The Story of O). It was directed by Just Jaeckin and starred Corinne Clery and Udo Kier.
In 1984 Sandra Wey starred as "O" in an updated sequel, The Story of O: Part 2.
Eric Rochat, producer of the original 1975 movie, directed a Brazilian 10-part Story of O miniseries with Claudia Cepeda in 1992.
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