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Inner Experience by Georges Bataille
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Dec 03, 13

bookshelves: own, 2009, theory, bataille, with-me-in-ca
Read in March, 2009

This took me a while to read. Theoretically, this is an entire book-length work discussing topics that epitomize what attracts me to Bataille; reaching the impossible, the experience of absolute desire, the "suffering of the disintoxicated." However, I have to admit being a bit let down.

There are fragments throughout that are brilliant; absolutely earth shattering, but as a coherent whole Bataille it suffers lack: the text itself wanders too far into the labyrinthine corridors of Bataille's own inner experience, and the text suffers. At each faulty turn and dead end the read finds himself faced with an unnecessary repetition of something said twenty pages before. I can appreciate rambling, and particularly Bataille's rambling, but there is too much here.

I wonder if this is even a valid critique: I have a feeling that after I get through Guilty I might have a better understanding of the structure of this. I may revise this "review."

I did not read the end notes. The idea of having to keep parallel texts in mind for an already difficult text the first time through struck me as futile. I had tried reading that was at first, but there was even more doubling back & repetition than in the "regular" text for me to be able to follow it. I have a feeling that this is a key text that I will need to revisit in the future, and I have saved the end notes until a second or third reading.
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Soeine You talked about the manner of his writing for this book, but didn't mention how it is or is not related to the subject of the book. "the labyrinthine corridors" is a good way to illustrate his writing. I suppose it requires a certain level of tolerance and anticipation in order to see the light shining in through the end of the tunnel.

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