Anne de Launay [RAOUL VANEIGEM?]. L’Ile aux Delices. Paris: Bebe Noir, 1979. 191 p.; 18 x 10 cm.; ill. cover with photography of a scantily-clad woman, text in white.

Published under the pseudonym of Anne de Launay – the famous Marquis de Sade character – this pornographic novel is generally attributed to Raoul Vaneigem, though there is no clear consensus. Shige Gonzalvez, the author of a Debord Bibliography (Guy Debord ou la Beaute du Negatif – Mille et une Nuits, 1998), states on his internet blog that this pornographic novel was written by of one of Vaneigem’s friends. Laurent Six, author of Raoul Vaneigem, L’éloge de la vie affinée (Luce Wilquin, 2004), believes it was written jointly by Vaneigem and Marie-France Planeix.

LIle aux Delices is a pastiche on many levels. Its title is a reference to l’Ile des Escalves, Marivaux’s famed 1725 play about a shipwreck. It is also a parody of British adventure novels, with a cast of characters that includes a British Lord, a drunken captain, a fiery redhead maid and more. Together, this ragtag cast attempts to build a life of debaucherie away from civilization – a theme cherished by Vaneigem.

Gonzalvez 214. Scarce in the trade, with a single OCLC copy at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

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