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Modern Classics Eroticism (Penguin Modern Classics) (1957 original; edició 2012)

de Georges Bataille (Autor)

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Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality--Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the subjects he covers include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, and organized war. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, heargues that eroticism is "a psychological quest not alien to death." " . . . one of the most original and unsettling of those thinkers who, in the wake of Sade and Nietzsche, have confronted the possibility of thought in a world that has lost its myth of transcendence."--Peter Brooks,New York Times Book Review "Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century."--Michel Foucault "[An] urgent, thrusting book about love, sex, death and spirituality by Georges Bataille."--Mark Price,Philosophy Now Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French intellectual and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological subjects such as eroticism and surrealism. City Lights published more of Bataille's works includingThe Impossible,The Tears of Eros, andStory of the Eye.… (més)
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Títol:Modern Classics Eroticism (Penguin Modern Classics)
Autors:Georges Bataille (Autor)
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Erotism: Death and Sensuality de Georges Bataille (1957)

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I can say with certainty that this is a life changing book for me. I've started reading it for a second time as I'm sure there's a lot that I've missed. I can see how many readers could be repelled by Bataille's deconstruction of the heavy, harsh realities he grapples with. The subject matter, by itself, is brutally real. Some sentences jump out at me with absolute clarity; others remain murky and mysterious, refusing to give up their secrets -- Even after a second reading. Contradictions exist within the space of a sentence in this work. Bataille breaks down concepts that are at once elemental yet complex -- For example, "continuity" versus "discontinuity". This is an oversimplification, but in essence, Bataille examines the overlap between life and death; between existence and non-existence; and the role eroticism plays within that arena.

Bataille has been referred to as the "metaphysician of evil", a moniker that I find to be sensational. According to Bataille, eroticism moves man towards death; or alternatively, man moves towards death in pursuing the erotic, which he cannot help but doing, since eroticism is intrinsic to his very nature. Work acts as a barrier against the potentially malign influence of decadent eroticism. Although sex and sexuality in themselves are amoral -- Bataille makes use of a moral perspective in his study of the connection between eroticism and death. Human sacrifice (and its evolution into pastel Christianity / puritanical monotheism) and the writings of Marquis DeSade appear as two memorable themes in this work; as several other Goodreads reviewers have noted -- The chapter on DeSade is compelling.

While reading "Erotism" I asked myself the question: "Must I now view life through Bataille's dark prism? And the answer was unequivocally: "Yes". On a technical note, I find the translation to be problematic [this has been observed by other Goodreads reviewers as well]; typos abound and while many of them are innocuous -- There are instances where both the typos and the mistranslations possibly contribute to misinterpretation of specific shades of meaning. ( )
  stephencbird | Sep 19, 2023 |
No creo que el hombre tenga la más mínima posibilidad de arrojar un poco de luz sobre todo eso antes de dominarlo» afirma Bataille en el prólogo a este magnífico ensayo que es El erotismo. Y, para su autor, el erotismo es un problema filosófico fundamental, en la medida en que, sin dejar de ser una actividad estrictamente humana, nos enfrenta sin cesar a nuestra naturaleza animal. Esta obra es, sin duda, uno de los textos fundamentales de su autor y representa una especie de gran suma de los temas que siempre le fascinaron: la íntima vinculación entre el amor, la pasión y la muerte, el significado de la transgresión o la turbadora relación entre la santidad y la voluptuosidad. Cierra esta indagación sobre lo erótico una serie de estudios dedicados a las variadas reencarnaciones del sadismo, el enigma del incesto o la sensualidad del misticismo.
  Natt90 | Jul 14, 2022 |
With this work Bataille attempts to delve into the primeval nature of man and the constructs of taboo and transgression he has used to distance himself from it. This is the philosophy of the macabre: sex, death, and evil are explored in a comprehensive scope that spans time from the "invention" of labor (which initiated the necessity of taboo, according to Bataille) all the way to the publication of the Kinsey Reports, and he criticizes them within the framework he has now firmly established in the preceding one hundred and fifty pages. Bataille goes on to explore Christian mysticism in relation to the erotic, the taboo of incest, and the philosophy of de Sade, which he picks apart and re-examines with critical propositions that are nothing short of revolutionary.
Though this work is now over fifty years old, it is doubtful that any book since has improved upon it nor even come close to it, nor that one has even dared. Some may find portions of the work misogynist, others may even find the work dated, and nearly all readers will find that at certain points an explanation of mere pornography borders on the esoteric and indecipherable. However, Bataille is trying to express that which cannot be expressed in language. Most concepts defy language itself, they are outside of it. Bataille himself states this. We see then what a lofty undertaking this work is, and the fact that it is so fluid, enlightening, and precise in spite of that is a monumental achievement. ( )
3 vota poetontheone | Feb 4, 2010 |
Good work and a classic in French culture, but much of what is written is somewhat dated and needs to be rethought. Bataille represents the branch of Surrealism that broke with the communist side of that movement after WWII. JFL ( )
  RoyHartCentre | Apr 1, 2009 |
Verbote sind da, um übertreten zu werden. Dies ist der Beweis! ( )
  Q-fleck | Jul 26, 2008 |
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Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality--Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the subjects he covers include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, and organized war. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, heargues that eroticism is "a psychological quest not alien to death." " . . . one of the most original and unsettling of those thinkers who, in the wake of Sade and Nietzsche, have confronted the possibility of thought in a world that has lost its myth of transcendence."--Peter Brooks,New York Times Book Review "Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century."--Michel Foucault "[An] urgent, thrusting book about love, sex, death and spirituality by Georges Bataille."--Mark Price,Philosophy Now Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French intellectual and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological subjects such as eroticism and surrealism. City Lights published more of Bataille's works includingThe Impossible,The Tears of Eros, andStory of the Eye.

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