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Author Surya, Michel.

Title Georges Bataille : an intellectual biography / Michel Surya ; translated by Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Michael Richardson.

Published London ; New York : Verso, 2002.

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Uniform title Georges Bataille, la mort à l'œuvre. English
Physical description ix, 588 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents In the beginning was death 3 -- 'Turn the world upside down, turn the world, quite ineluctably, upside down' 14 -- 'The thunderbolt pilots all things' 16 -- Ave Caesar 22 -- 'Laid out like a corpse' 25 -- School of the flesh 27 -- 'Hard brow and clear eyes' 31 -- Tumult and withdrawal 34 -- Depths of worlds 36 -- La emocion 39 -- Letters to an unknown woman 45 -- 'When you have to embark on the seas, you emigrants' 51 -- Joyful cynic 55 -- 'Tristi est anima mea usque ad mortem' 57 -- Torpid Maurras and decrepit Moscow 67 -- Magnetic field 71 -- Mortuary chasm of debauchery 82 -- Philosopher and the rake 85 -- 'I write in order to erase my name' 88 -- Torture of a Hundred Pieces 93 -- Priest of Torcy 96 -- Triunfo de la muerte 100 -- Eye at work 107 -- Don't waste my time with idealism! 112 -- Donkey's kick 116 -- 'Excrement philosopher' 126 -- Castrated lion 131 -- 'Surrealism's secret affectations' 135 -- Angel and the beast, part 1 140 -- 'A man is what he lacks' 143 -- 'An obscene and horribly desirable trick' 153 -- 'Someone able to see clearly' 159 -- Democratic Communist Circle 167 -- State: heartbreak and misfortune 171 -- 'A world of appearances and of old men with their teeth falling out' 176 -- 'With a single blow, like an ox in the abattoir' 183 -- History and its ends; the end of history 187 -- Animal-headed journal: Minotaure 191 -- 'The saint of the abyss' 196 -- Thunderbolts and forebodings 205 -- Sky turned upside down 209 -- 'Revolutionary offensive or death' 218 -- Angel and the beast, part 2 228 -- From Contre-Attaque to Acephale: Andre Masson 231 -- 'Everything calls for the death which ravages us' 235 -- Florid bullfight 254 -- Sacred sociology 261 -- Vivan le femmine, viva il buon vino, sostegno e gloria d'umanita 271 -- Good fortune 281 -- 'I am myself war' 283 -- 'I love ignorance touching on the future' 289 -- Excretions of the war: exodus, evacuation 297 -- Nobodaddy 300 -- Edwarda: the divine tatters 305 -- 'I call myself the abomination of God' 309 -- Community of friends 311 -- From the community of the impossible to the impossible community 316 -- Annunciation made to Marie 318 -- Sickening poetic sentimentality 322 -- Philosophy's 'easy virtue' 329 -- 'System is needed and so is excess' 337 -- Philosophy in the old folk's home 344 -- Catechism of fortune 352 -- A potential for stench and irremediable fury 357 -- Fascism's last sanctuary 363 -- Bataille's politics 368 -- Il salto mortale 376 -- Curse of history 380 -- Empire of the double 387 -- From Vezelay to Carpentras 395 -- Communal demands 403 -- Angel and the beast, part 3 407 -- Continuity discontinued 415 -- Non serviam 420 -- A hypermorality: for the love of anguish alone 425 -- Moral evil 427 -- Sovereign individual 437 -- Catechism of 'saints' 441 -- Servitude of utility 446 -- Accursed body 450 -- What lies behind misfortune 454 -- Felix culpa 458 -- Universal history 462 -- Bit between the teeth 465 -- To die of laughing and to laugh of dying 474 -- To think everything to a point that makes people tremble 479 -- 'God: a Feydeau-style situation comedy' 482 -- 'One day this living world will pullulate in my dead mouth' 487 -- And finally, incompletion 490.
Summary Focusing on his troubled childhood, his dual interest in the sacrosanct and the defiled and his relationship with Surrealism, Surya's testimony pays homage to a thinker who has influenced writers from Derrida to Foucault to Kathy Acker.
Subject Bataille, Georges, 1897-1962.
Authors, French -- 20th century -- Biography.
ISBN 1859848222 (cloth)