George Bataille (1867-1962) is widely recognized as one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. This is the first book in English to examine Bataille's work as a whole. It offers an accessible introduction to a complex and often ambiguous thinker....
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Georges Bataille Reviews
This is a very decent 'introduction' to a major thinker and writer Georges Bataille. But it's not essential one should have this book or read it. I would go to the very source, Bataille's own writings and most of his titles are still in print in the U.S./U.K. His connection between eroticism and death is fascinating. Plus the very unique way he sees the world as well. Bataille is also a historian of sorts, he sort of sees what fell between the cracks of time and history. A very interesting man as well as a great writer. Check him out.
An amazing look at Bataille's life, philosophy and writings. I picked this up by happenstance out at a little bookstore on Moody Street in Waltham and am so glad I read it. I totally understand the transgressive literary style and themes touched up on his classic pornographic novella 'Story of the Eye' and got to take a tour of all of Bataille's amazing thought around economics, sovereignty, morals, philosophy and Surrealism. I feel that art historians and students of philosophy would miss out dearly if they investigate Surrealism without considering a deeper look at Bataille. He actually seems to pull the Surrealist International to a more interesting, sociological and more scientifically significant place. Richardson's book on this interesting personality definitely deepened my understanding of Surrealism as something far more than what we read in Art History class — its much more apparent to me now that Surrealism is more of a philosophical movement, one that needs further investigation, one that needs further documentation and analysis. A very liberating read! I highly recommend it.
As the desciption apty states this is the first real biographical account of Bataille in english and as such is a good general overview. It has recently been superceeded by the outstanding book "Georges Bataille" by Stuart Kendall (See that review elsewhere). Richardson presents a well rounded approach to the writings of Bataille with a more "Social Studies" approach which I prefer to the various other lenses that other authors bring to his work. See the Kendall book for more discussion of the various appropriations of bataille for other disciplines. I do think that people wanting to learn more about Bataille should see this book out, it is well worth the pursuit.
I think Bataille, that seminal sorcerer of acéphalica, is a like a dog attacking its master. An introduction and a challenging analysis behind the etiology of this dissenting behavior is necessary.