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Georges Bataille: An Intellectual Biography

Georges Bataille: An Intellectual Biography

by Michel Surya
     
 

Georges Bataille was a philosopher, writer, librarian, pornographer and a founder of the influential journals Critique and Acéphale. He has had an enormous impact on contemporary thought, influencing such writers as Barthes, Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault and Sontag. Many of his books, including the notorious Story of the Eye and the fascinating The Accursed

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Georges Bataille was a philosopher, writer, librarian, pornographer and a founder of the influential journals Critique and Acéphale. He has had an enormous impact on contemporary thought, influencing such writers as Barthes, Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault and Sontag. Many of his books, including the notorious Story of the Eye and the fascinating The Accursed Share, are modern classics.

In this acclaimed intellectual biography, Michel Surya gives a detailed and insightful account of Bataille's work against the backdrop of his life - his troubled childhood, his difficult relationship with André Breton and the surrealists and his curious position as a thinker of excess, 'potlatch', sexual extremes and religious sacrifice, one who nonetheless remains at the heart of twentieth century French thought - all of it drawn here in rich and allusive prose. While exploring the source of the violent eroticism that laces Bataille's novels, the book is also, an acute guide to the development of Bataille's Philosophical thought.

Enriched by testimonies from Bataille's closest acquaintances and revealing the context in which he worked, Surya sheds light on a figure Foucault described as 'one of the most important writers of the century'.

Editorial Reviews

The Guardian
“Serious and respectful.”
New Statesman
“Penetrating and insightful.”
The Independent
“Such is Surya’s intimacy with this material that each of his short, thoughtful chapters could serve as an introductory essay on Bataille… This is also a book that presents an astonishingly detailed panorama of French intellectual life in the first half of the last century.”
From the Publisher
“Such is Surya’s intimacy with this material that each of his short, thoughtful chapters could serve as an introductory essay on Bataille.”—The Independent
Booknews
French philosopher Bataille (1867-1962) founded the literary review and influenced Foucault, Derrida, and Baudrillard. Fellow philosopher Surya examined his life and work in l'oeuvre/>, published by Editions Gallimard in 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841532
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Michel Surya is a writer, philosopher, editor and director of the journal Lignes. The French edition of his book Georges Bataille was awarded the Prix Goncourt for biography.

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