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Georges Bataille


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

Died
July 09, 1962

Genre

Influences


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. ...more

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“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

“I don't want your love unless you know i am repulsive,and love me even as you know it.”
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