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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 in Erotism: Death and Sexuality 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.

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 began Tears of Eros, and it was completed in 1961, his final work. Bataille died in 1962.

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Nonfiction. THE TEARS OF EROS is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Gilles 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 artworks from every era, was developed out of ideas explored in EROTISM: DEATH AND SENSUALITY and 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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 7-8) and index.

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ISBN:
9780872862227
Translator:
Connor, Peter
Author:
Connor, Peter
Author:
Bataille, Georges
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Erotica
Subject:
Erotic art
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
v. 24
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
213
Dimensions:
7.9 x 7 x 0.5 in 15.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Nonfiction. THE TEARS OF EROS is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Gilles 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 artworks from every era, was developed out of ideas explored in EROTISM: DEATH AND SENSUALITY and 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.
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