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Impossible by Georges Bataille
Book DescriptionIn a philosophical erotic narrative, an essay on poetry, and in poems Georges Bataille pursues his guiding concept, the impossible. The narrator engages in a journey, one reminiscent of the Grail quest; failing, he experiences truth. He describes a movement toward a disappearing object, the same elusive object that moved Theresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena to ecstasy. "Humanity is faced with a double perspective: in one direction, violent pleasure, horror and death - precisely the perspective of poetry - and in the opposite direction, that of science or the real world of utility. Only the useful, the real, have a serious character. We are never within our rights in preferring seduction to it: truth has rights over us. Indeed it has every right. And yet we can, and indeed we must respond to something which, not being God, is stronger than every right, that impossible to which we accede only by forgetting the truth of all these rights." -Georges Bataille Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French intellectual and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological subjects such as eroticism and surrealism. City Lights published more of Bataille's works including Erotism, The Tears of Eros, and Story of the Eye.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780872862623
(203mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: City Lights Books
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Georges Bataille
Eroticism, Paperback (June 2012)
Linking the underlying sexual basis of religion to death, this title offers an array of insights into incest, prostitution, marriage, murder, sadism, sacrifice and violence, as well as includes comments on Freud, Sade and Saint Theresa.
Blue of Noon, Paperback (June 2012)
Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, this title provides an account of depravity and violence. Exploring the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization, it is torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the monstrous glamour of its terrible victors.
Literature and Evil, Paperback (June 2012)
A collection of essays that explores subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.
Cradle of Humanity, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Georges Bataille
A radically interdisciplinary inquiry into the origins of human consciousness, community, and potential.
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