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Literature and Evil

Georges Bataille


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PUBLISHED: 7th June 2012
ISBN: 9780141195575
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A collection of essays that explores subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.
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  • Paperback
    $18.85
PUBLISHED: 7th June 2012
ISBN: 9780141195575
ANNOTATION:
A collection of essays that explores subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.

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A collection of essays that explores subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.

Publisher Description

Literature is not innocent,' stated Georges Bataille in this extraordinary 1957 collection of essays, arguing that only by acknowledging its complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely. These literary profiles of eight authors and their work, including Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal and the writings of Sade, Kafka and Sartre, explore subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression, in a work of rich allusion and powerful argument.

Author Biography

Georges Bataille, French essayist and novelist, was born in 1897. He converted to Catholicism, then to Marxism, and was interested in psychoanalysis and mysticism. As curator of the municipal library in Orleans, he led a relatively simple life, although he became involved, usually on the fringes, with the surrealist movement. He founded the literary review Critique in 1946, which he edited until his death in 1962, and was also a founder of the review Documents, which published many of the leading surrealist writers. His writing is a mixture of poetry and philosophy, fantasy and history, and his first novel, Story of the Eye, was written under the pseudonym of Lord Auch. Bataille's other works include the novels Blue of Noon, L'Abbe C and My Mother, and the volumes of essays Eroticism and Literature and Evil.

Review

Bataille intellectualizes the erotic, as he eroticizes the intellect ... reading him can be a disturbing kind of game The New York Times Bataille is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century -- Michel Foucault

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Bataille is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century

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Bataille is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century

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Literature is not innocent,' stated Georges Bataille in this extraordinary 1957 collection of essays, arguing that only by acknowledging its complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely.

Product Details

Author
Georges Bataille
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0141195576
ISBN-13
9780141195575
Media
Book
Publication Date
2012-06-07
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Translator
Alastair Hamilton
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
192
Short Title
LITERATURE & EVIL ESSAYS BY GE
Language
English
Series
Penguin Modern Classics
Translated from
French
Format
Paperback
Audience
General/Trade