Georges Bataille





Georges Bataille

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born
in Billon, Puy-de-Dôme, France
September 10, 1897

died
July 09, 1962

gender
male

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French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental act of communion. Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Philippe Sollers have all written enthusiastically about his work.


Average rating: 3.88 · 15,836 ratings · 1,000 reviews · 134 distinct works · Similar authors
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Erotism: Death and Sensuality
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,330 ratings — published 1957 — 26 editions
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The Accursed Share 1: Consu...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 731 ratings — published 1949 — 8 editions
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Blue of Noon
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 953 ratings — published 1957 — 26 editions
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Visions of Excess
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 540 ratings — published 1977 — 6 editions
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The Tears of Eros
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 478 ratings — published 1961 — 10 editions
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Literature and Evil
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 489 ratings — published 1957 — 20 editions
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Theory of Religion
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 1973 — 8 editions
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The Impossible
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 318 ratings — published 1962 — 4 editions
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More books by Georges Bataille…
“I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.”
Georges Bataille, Violent Silence: Celebrating Georges Bataille

“The need to go astray, to be destroyed, is an extremely private, distant, passionate, turbulent truth.”
Georges Bataille

“Nothing is more necessary or stronger in us than rebellion.”
Georges Bataille, The Unfinished System of Nonknowledge

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