Guilty

ISBN-10: 1438434626

ISBN-13: 9781438434629

Edition: 2011

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A searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 1/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Georges Bataille was a French poet, novelist, and philosopher. He was born in Billon, Puy-de-Dome, in central France on September 10, 1897. His father was already blind and paralyzed from syphilis when Bataille was born. In 1915, Bataille's father died, his mind destroyed by his illness. The death marked his son for life. While working at the Bibliotheque National in Paris during the 1920s, Bataille underwent psychoanalysis and became involved with some of the intellectuals in the Surrealist movement, from whom he learned the concept of incongruous imagery in art. In 1946 he founded the journal Critique, which published the early work of some of his contemporaries in French intellectual life, including Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida. Bataille believed that in the darkest moments of human existence-in orgiastic sex and terrible death-lay ultimate reality. By observing them and even by experiencing them, actually in sex and vicariously in death, he felt that one could come as close as possible to fully experiencing life in all its dimensions. Bataille's works include The Naked Beast at Heaven's Gate (1956), A Tale of Satisfied Desire (1953), Death and Sensuality: A Study of Eroticism and the Taboo (1962), and The Birth of Art: Prehistoric Painting (1955). Bataille died in Paris on July 8, 1962.

Acknowledgments
Translator's Introduction: Autobiographia Atheologica
Guilty
Introduction
Friendship
Night
"Gratified Desire"
Angel
The Point of Ecstasy
The Accomplice
Unfinishable
The Misfortunes of the Present Time
Exodus
Solitude
Luck
Sin
The Attraction of Gambling
The Divinity of Laughter
Expiration
The Need for Laughter
Laughter and Trembling
Will
The King of the Wood
Appendices
Letter to X
Fragment on Knowledge, Action, and Interrogation
Two Fragments on the Opposition between Human Beings and Nature
Fragment on Christianity
Fragment on Guilt
Two Fragments on Laughter
Alleluia: The Catechism of Dianus
Notes
Index of Names
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