Roger Caillois


Born
in Reims, France
March 03, 1913

Died
December 21, 1978


Average rating: 3.92 · 907 ratings · 77 reviews · 75 distinct worksSimilar authors
Man, Play and Games

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الإنسان والمقدس

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3.68 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1939 — 12 editions
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The Edge of Surrealism: A R...

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The Writing of Stones

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4.28 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1970 — 4 editions
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Pontius Pilate

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Le mythe et l'homme

3.91 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1938 — 4 editions
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A Little Guide to the 15th ...

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The Necessity of the Mind

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Au Coeur Du Fantastique

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The Dream and Human Societies

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“I wonder, only in passing, whether the indelible ornamentation that man inscribes upon his own epidermis does not respond to a nostalgia for the universal internally generated coloring of corrollas, furs, shells, carapaces and wings. For man it has been necessary to create both works and tools outside of himself. But it may be that he retains an obscure nostalgia to create them on his own body, to make them a part of it rather than projecting them outwards onto an independent surface, where he is free to retouch them as he sees fit, which is precisely what painting and art are.”
Roger Caillois, The Dedalus Book of Surrealism: The Identity of Things

“The fantastic is always a break in the acknowledged order, an irruption of the inadmissible within the changeless everyday legality”
Roger Caillois, Au Coeur Du Fantastique

“It should be particularly stressed that the fantastic makes no sense in an out-and-out strange world. To imagine the fantastic in it is even impossible. In a world full of marvels the extraordinary loses its power.”
Roger Caillois, Au Coeur Du Fantastique