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The Tears of Eros (original 1961; edition 2001)
by Georges Bataille (Author)
The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille (1961)
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Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de Rais, Erzebet Bathory, the Marquis de Sade, El Greco, Gustave Moreau, Andre Breton, Voodoo practitioners, and Chinese torture victims, Bataille reveals their common obsession: death. This essay, illustrated with artwork from every era, was developed out of ideas explored inErotism: Death andSexuality and Prehistoric Painting: Lascaux or the Birth of Art. In it Bataille examines death--the "little death" that follows sexual climax, the proximate death in sadomasochistic practices, and death as part of religious ritual and sacrifice. "Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century."-- Michel Foucault Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in 1897. He was a librarian by profession. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. In 1959, Bataille beganTears of Eros, and it was completed in 1961, his final work. City Lights published two of his other works:Story of the Eye andThe Impossible. Bataille died in 1962.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)704.9428 — Arts and Recreation The Arts / Fine and decorative arts Special topics in fine and decorative arts Iconography Human figures and their parts
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