What is Erotica? What do we actually mean when we say that something is «erotic»?
If we simply agree — in a servile way — to all that we are presented with in the media, these questions would seem easy to answer. Erotic images are around us all the time.
Inger Wold Lund chooses a different approach, however. Through a series of dialogues, most of them a page or two long, individual episodes unfold. And as they do, our preconceptions about the erotic are challenged or expanded upon in surprising ways.
Some of Lund's texts are decidedly sensual. Others are comical and even border on slapstick. Although Erotica is inspired be classics from the erotic canon, it is undoubtedly a singular work, with its own vision and scope. Throughout the collection, Lund displays a keen ear for language and an eye for how small events loom large in the most intimate of moments.
Erotica is also a book about experience and memory. Lund finds remnants of the past everywhere, in an abandoned house, in an old pair of pants or in fingermarks in the fog on a car window.
She shows us that erotica can be so much more than depictions of wild and unrestrained sex. Rather than writing about erect penises penetrating voluptuous vaginas, these texts mirror those situations where these elements might be present, but where the literary attention is given to the actions that take part before, under and after. Eroticas special angle to sexuality make the book a special and longed for read. If you are one of those who have given up on erotica, you should give the genre a new chance. And it should start here.
In Erotica, Inger Wold Lund asks what the erotic is and can be, liberating the reader from given expectations of what it might be. She gives the reader the possibility to experience the erotic again, in life as in literature. At the same time the book guides us into the writing and art of Inger Wold Lund.
Enticing, humoristic and surprising - Indeed you can write well about erotica!
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