Exit to Eden

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In May 1985, the American writer Anne Rice published the sadomasochistic novel Exit to Eden (Forbidden Desire) under the pseudonym Anne Rampling . The novel is now distributed both under the pseudonym and under her own name.

Exit to Eden is unusual in several ways. On the one hand, the author approaches the subject of BDSM in the form of a romance novel . Second, the publication of the text drew public attention to the fact that Anne Rice had created several books that deviated significantly from the style with which she had become known (such as Conversing with a Vampire ).


The novel is about the developing love of the two main characters Lisa Kelly and Elliot Slater and depicts the plot alternately from the perspective of the two.

Kelly runs a very remote BDSM vacation club called "Eden" on an exotic private island. In it, wealthy people have the opportunity to act as a dominant part of their BDSM tendencies in an exclusive environment. The best trainers in the world regularly auction their bottoms to this clientele for a fixed period of time. Kelly, head coach and co-founder of the department, buys Slater as a new slave, whereupon they both fall in love.

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  • The novel was filmed in 1994 with Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O'Donnell, among others. The film adaptation was repeatedly heavily criticized, as it differed considerably from the original in terms of content.
  • The novel was published again in Germany in 2006 as part of the Bild-Erotik-Bibliothek under the title “Forbidden Desire”.


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