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Georges Bataille: An Intellectual Biography

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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 mod ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Verso (first published March 1st 2010)
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The fact that this book functions as a biography has more to do with Bataille's insistence than anything else; a similar task (outlining a man's life while also explicating his entire body of work) would not work for just any one. Bataille, as this book (as virtually all of his own writing shows), is different. To refuse theory out of the desire to simply experience everything--to never write of something he himself was not willing to entertain, engage, all the way until dea
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