Georges Bataille

Translated by Mary Dalwood


'Bataille is one of the most important writers of this century. He broke with traditional narrative to tell us what has never been told before.' Michel Foucault

'Bataille speaks about man's condition, not his nature...In him reality is conflict.' Jean-Paul Sartre

Eroticism is a study of the underlying sexual basis of religion and philosophy, especially in its relationship to death. Bataille's great erudition enables him to range from Freud to Sade and from Saint Theresa to Kinsey. This far-reaching, provocative and often controversial book includes the results of Bataille's own research into the origins of taboo, religious ecstacy and the erotic impulse.

The author emphasises throughout the fundamental unity of the human spirit, the relationship between death and eroticism. We are asked to imagine man's existence in terms of man's passion. This important and stuimulating work helps us to understand Bataille's vital influence not only on French writing today, but also on modern existentialist thought.

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Georges Bataille was born in 1897 and died in 1962. His combination of scholarship and creative genius assured his pre-eminence among his generation of French intellectuals.

Other books by Georges Bataille also published by Marion Boyars are Blue of Noon, Story of the Eye, Literature and Evil, L'Abbe C, and My Mother, Madame Edwarda and the Dead Man.

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-7145-2872-2
Cultural Studies

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