First published in 1959, `Emmanuelle' inspired the most successful x-rated film of all time, spawning an industry in imitations and worldwide notoriety.
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Emmanuelle is curious. Her husband Jean married her for her 'erotic genius', not to possess her. The only solution to Emmanuelle's passion is through a mentor; a man who will guide her through her deepest fantasies - unveiling languid tales of discovery in the close heat of the Orient.
`Emmanuelle' is a candid confession and liberated exploration of erotic philosophy and bisexuality, where the contrast between repression and desire results in an intense, boundary-breaking journey into the exotic.
Emmanuelle Arsan is the pseudonym of Marayat and Louis Jacques Rollet-Andriane, and was initially revealed to be written by Marayat - in order to conceal the identity of her husband, a French diplomat.