Woman on the Dunes, Anais Nin

by Patti Abbott

#135 First story I’ve read by Nin and boy, it’s a doozy. A man can’t sleep. He wanders along a beach where he watches a couple have very adventurous sex through an open window. Then a woman on the dunes engages him in similar activity despite some inadequacy on his part. After lift off, she tells him a story about having sex with a man in a crowd while watching an execution. In the morning, she is gone and the narrator follows her footsteps in the sand.