Georges Bataille: Ma mèreMadame EdwardaLe Mort



Kio Mishima introductory essay who sights Bataille as one of only three western writers he ever truly admired Of the three pieces here the novella My Mother which remained unfinished was by far the longest and most deeply psychological piece thus for me the best Erotic obsession dominates in the short Madame Edwarda while a oung woman s debauched excess after returning from the deathbed of a friend is the focal point in The Dead Man Will now likely switch to Bataille s non fictionessay writing when reading him next I am a big fan of Georges Bataille s fiction He borders on the creepy of course but its his intelligence that is seductive I wish he was alive now He s someone I would like to meet and have a cup of coffee with Would he drink coffee Yukio Mishima wrote the introduction to this book which is worth the price of the volume I have read this particular Penguin edition collecting three shorter pieces of fiction by Georges Bataille before some Rebelde Rendición (Saga Londres, years ago in a state of woeful dissipation utterly in the mire of active addiction and can recall the experience only vaguely My copy of the actual book itself has some character to it having survived a fire about fiveears ago that burned down much of the building in which I was then living the fire department dumped a huge amount of water on my condo unit and some of my books received damage on that account causing them to become mottled and ragged a condition I believe very much suits this particular Bataille Aside from the novella My Mother and the two shorter works Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man this edition contains an introductory appreciation by Yukio Mishima written very near the end of the Japanese master s life and a scholarly afterward by Ken Hollings that deals with Bataille s thematic universe broadly not once touching explicitly on the three works collected in the volume the piece concludes Mishima asserts that along with Witold Gombrowicz and Pierre Klossowski the latter a contemporary of Bataille s and his collaborator on the journal AC PHALE ol GB was among his favourite contemporary Western writers demonstrative as were the other two previously mentioned men of an anti psychological delineation anti realism erotic intellectualism straightforward symbolism and a perception of the universe hidden behind all of these as well as many other common characteristics Readers of Mishima will not be the least surprised at his celebration of this particular set of values Ken Hollings goes deeper into the matters at hand focusing in his piece titled In the Slaughterhouse of Love on themes of darkness nudity penetration sacrifice and violence This evaluation refers both to Bataille s theoretical works and his fiction but again does not address the three pieces collected in this volume It is nevertheless of great value Hollings early in his piece The sexual act poses a threat to our being because it places no limit on experience During the act the body no longer has limit or definition it is dissolved into a storm of sensations which are violently superimposed and fluctuating The effect that this has upon our consciousness can only be expressed negatively in terms of exclusion and absence The contemplation of the sexual act begins and ends in darkness and silence because it is contained by a law of exclusion which operates at the extreme limits of language and lucidity Much of Bataille s theoretical work deals with eroticism and other matters mysticism sacrifice political economy within the context of excess the accursed share etc and his fiction has a general tendency to depict an erotic interiority characterized by the tempestuous play of destabilizing intensities In his own preface to Madame Edwarda the piece proper originally published under the Kierkegaardian pseudonym Pierre Ang liue Bataille writes of a certain lacerating consciousness of distress and an unbearable surpassing of being This is indeed at the heart of Bataille s fiction a body of work that may be the best we have on the diabolic power of excitation Certainly when I was Wretched Moments young I was very much take My MotherMadame EdwardaThe Dead Man is a secret handshakeou share with our 1 3 friends who have also read it My Mother was the highlight here for me although the other two pieces were close behind The critical essays were also helpful in providing context as this was my first Bataille and I had only a vague impression of his preoccupations beforehand I think I will read deeper into his catalog before forming a definite opinion on him though When it comes to eroticism in fiction I tend to prefer a less is approach where the action remains an implicit blur for the reader to wonder about and perhaps even earn toward as fulfillment stands far off in the distance Bataille however is prone to plunging immediately into the physical and once there rolling around lustily in the resultant fluids While I appreciate his intellectual approach to writing the explicit I can t always parse his underlying motivations which makes the reading experience less meaningful Clearly there is a lot going on behind Bataille s scenes but with these texts I was only receiving flashes of resonance rather than a full dawn of comprehension And as a reader it is one experience to either understand or think one understands the meanings behind a writer s work and a completely different one to also connect with that work on a personal level Based on what I do know now of Bataille s themes I suspect I would be a candidate for the former category But that being said there are elements of his prose here that I much admired and enough that I d like to investigate furthe. S and intellect made him a major force in many spheresBataille's essays range over such diverse topics as economics psychoanalysis Marxism oga and anthropology His critical essays Literature and Evil and his complex meditations on the dark coupling of sex and death Eroticism are both available from Marion Boyars Bataille's available fiction includes L'Abbé C a twisted document detailing the holy horrors of sex and Blue of Noon now an established modern classic in its seventh printi.

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E my face It does not have the meaning of a violent silence Through the window what I am really watching is the multitudinous smiling of the sea Dead ManMarie s dead husband in the room had dying wished her nakedness Into the world s small world she goes naked stillness They will see Marie is singing desperately and a working girl is work sad singing In dark crying she has a coat to be naked again Men are taking it in for themselves Drunken cocks standing for no attention Golden showers and flesh puppets can t wash away the expression behind theirs Never mind about them and their sucking She is naked The Dead Man is a real cinema of outsides helpless to the insides boiling Rising up lava bodily fluids Did ou see the Lynne Ramsay film Under the Skin from the 1990s Samantha Morton s grieving daughter is this inhabiting the skin world When Marie s smiles mean something it is like this for me The what makes tick is a clock hitting all slow motion possibilities The end of our life flashes before their cock s eyes Bataille is so damned good Bataille is great The Dead Man was my favorite in this collection and it s format on the page is fantastic but I think I prefer reading Batailles theoretical works to his fiction their just so much sumptuously beautiful Ah I wish I could discuss this with someone Georges Bataille is one of those authors that ou will either love for his uniueness or ignore due to the inability of understanding his mindset in his works so the lack of discussions around this book all over the internet is in a way justified but on the other hand I wish people would be open to taboo subjects and educated enough for complex ideas I have discovered a gemGeorges Bataille s ideas simply were and still are too ahead of their time I had no previous background information on Bataille other than the fact that his philosophies are dark filthy and immoral I recommend prior to reading any of his novels to dive a bit into his philosophies non fiction essays and his biography For example the fact that he tried to become a priest and failed due to the incompatible with religion ideas he had gives a good basis as to why Bataille is such a deviant but brilliant to me thinkerMishima s introduction gave me the impression that spoiled the plot of the novelettes My Mother and Madame Edwarda That certainly was not the case at all after I finished all the reading I would discourage Lords of the Press you from trying to answer the whys and the howsou might have This trilogy of filth as I like to call it now is a journey of metaphysical and intellectual sexual experience that goes beyond what one sees with the reader s eyes I can personally identify with some of his ideas on limit experiences and the relationship of excitement and eroticism with death as well as with a few of the imageries presented in the novelettes that I have been unable to put into words and that I won t mention This is another thing that makes Bataille a genius to me he is able to describe situations and feelings that not only are rare and horrifying but they are hard to imagine let alone to understand and explainI paid special attention to The Dead Man because in it I saw some Lars Von Trier Antichrist and Nymphomaniac What all these works have in common is the representation of sex madness obscenity as a response to some kind of grief Bataille is an analyst of the erotic and in these narratives he explores and exploits the transformative and sometimes destructive power of sex While his association of violence with eroticism may remind some of the Maruis de Sade one significant difference between the two writers is that Bataille does not focus as much as de Sade does on representing the details of the sexual act itself rather Bataille emphasizes the moral and cultural context in which the sexual act occurs Moreover in contrast to conventional pornography Bataille is not interested so much in the Kama Sutra possibilities of sex or in such devices as promiscuity or jealousy but in the unpredictable changes that sex may cause in an individualBataille s writing reflects an interesting relation between language and carnality that may remind one of Jean Genet s work while the situation Bataille depicts may be obscene the language is seldom less than literary suggesting that it is the obscenity that makes the beautiful language possible Here is a sample uote from My Mother Rhea failed to enact the whole of that ludicrous sacrifice at any rate from the unlimited gift she made of her body of the intimacy and gleefulness of her joy she chose to except the usual thoroughfare to the limited operation There are lines poetic in the book and prosaic but I mention this one as an example of the way that Bataille is able to camouflage the representation of an erotic act in the language of religion economics and technical jargon Georges Bataille was a highly controversial French writer and the first of these novelettes My Mother reads fairly easily in the original French Ma Mere Like all of his work this is slim book is deeply disturbing A mother sets out to corrupt her oung son She wants to disabuse him of the notion that she is virtuous and that his now deceased father is the cause of the family s unhappiness She demands that he love her not as a naive imagination but in all her drunken and sexually promiscuous reality This corruption includes incest and while the situation is deeply troubling My Mother is not as raw as most of Bataille s work which is reminiscent of his friend Henry Miller Second Bataille book I ve read this week and although I didn t find it as good as Blue of Noon it did come with a fascinating Yu. He narratives contains a sense of intoxication and insanity so carefully delineated by the author that it seems to infect the readerPhilosopher novelist and critic Georges Bataille is a major figure in twentieth century literature whose startling and original ideas increasingly exert a vital influence on the shaping of thought language and experience Best known outside France for the vertiginous sexual delirium of his short novel Story of the Eye the vast scope of Bataille's interest.

In this lifeless world what else was there for me to do but forget the searing light whose glare had blinded me when I had felt my mother in my arms But I already knew that it was not going to be forgotten ever My Mother Degradation gave birth to him and can take it back Grunting copulation suealing pigs meat house Everybody cries when baby is born His mother gets further away as the father is further away Death is over or the sweaty affairs Don t walk away when I am oozing pain like slow motion wife snails Widow s weeds and lofty words closer to God or Hell trail from her posing like choking on old women s cigarettes Mother and son have each other She never shuts up I will never believe ou anyway so choose sides of my mythic head I love Castle Barebane you and I hateou A script returns him to the womb of humiliation She talks so much The words steal from other truths scabbing over knees in scrawl A bird s nest won t fly If he knows her filth and only then I can t see the secret world infrared in the funhouse of love triangles thin lines and hate the pentagons and sharp edges of suares I know she will cut Mixed Tape Series Volume you bitch He talks too much too He lives by her words I don t find much less erotic than stand right here I got this itch in my mind Get in front of my smoke vision ifou could just Like that possession His mother sets him up with her laughing friends Everybody laughs from dark knowledge and the skin crawling gives him his days I didn t care about the super rich and super beautiful let s have sex all of the time every day Hansi Her maid her schoolgirl friend does not make Hansi beautiful in her worship Doesn t add another dimension to her room Her stand right there just like that I have this want to happen bent Hansi doesn t want to have them crawl for her and her boyfriend and girlfriend live in plots She s almost a real person resist the script but then her bubble of gilded fades her away for me again She couldn t be real this escape from his mother s will I don t believe him when she is his something to lose She was there to role play he had something to lose so that it would feel the thrill of dream come true when his mother s laughter is Beetlejuiced enough to be flesh I don t feel the shock in it was his mother Some people have mothers who love and care for them Some don t It doesn t help saying that though It is enough to make my mother as a ceiling a crumble and left overs There s a past knowledge that is just meaningless sick I still feel sick remembering when my mother publicly humiliated little kid me by bringing up baby body exploration in front of other people I won t forget the knowledge and the judgement the can t make her shut up deriding laughter My Mother is just like that the surviving the The Magdalen you can try to talk so muchou can rebirth anything in our own image but it isn t going to work like that There s a womb mold ou can t break The origins of the dream were powerful as much as I cannot abide the revisiting the scene of the crime let s make it a sex game Behind the first time high he isn t going to get back is the first time he is dirty kneed in the altar of his father s forbidden photographs A look in a victim s eye Was it a stage that steals the prey s death in the jaws that never dies Don t let it be true don t make me like her He had already lost his way in the laughter and this is a haunting of a decision that will not be spontaneous not this time Every rebirth is dead meat Madame Edwarda went on ahead of me raised up until the very clouds The room s noisy unheeding of her happiness of the measured gravity of her step was royal consecration and triumphal holiday death itself was guest at the feast was there in what whorehouse nudity terms the pig sticker s stab Madame EdwardaHe comes to Madame Edwarda with drunken cock in hand Her pink and hairy crack She calls herself God Under the void sky the roving eyes of public world in world Right here with the others He calls it making love in the whorehouse In this ceiling cracks she s God s tracing He follows her as an animal into the streets again He loses her a fading laughter The sky changes its depth in missing tears Her naked body out of water barren land fish Yukio Mishima s essay Georges Bataille and Divinus Deus compared this to Jean Genet glorification of filth Totally I always felt like Jean Genet s altar of dark was in place of having nothing else though That he had to glorify the scars or else If Miles to Go (The Walk, you stop swimming in the shark bowl for a momentou will choke on the filth Genet s prostitutes and sailors are Hansi and the time capsule of the mouse in hawk mouth Jesus weeps and the church isn t his house Genet can be tedious as hell in crying too long but his writing as the power of living in names Dream dies so count sheep pitch dark bleating as long as it takes I ve read lots of Genet and this was my first Bataille Bataille was a relief to me too going straight for the stick swallow There s something else that is no choice that s not resurrection in conditions of incarnadine mind limits I get from Bataille a conscious direction that Genet didn t have Why do The Wake you resurrect the murders whenou are feeling good So Circus Act (Spy Pups you won t feel good to bring some terrible life see saw in no rug balance I have no idea but do it Stop before the enduring where is the heading for the hole inour head Will I be reproached if I have the weakness finally to confess that at present the kind of insignificance I am gradually turning into which I think I have turned into by now even lacks the meaning my last phrase a violent silence takes on An instant ago beside me in a mirror I caught sight of an empty fac. My Mother is a uniue bildungsroman of a oung man's sexual initiation and corruption by his mother Publishers Weekly My Mother Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man comprises three short pieces of erotic prose that fuse elements of sex and spirituality in a highly personal vision of the flesh They present a world of sensation in which only the vaulting demands of disruptive excess and the anguish of heightened awareness can combat the stultifying world of reason and social order Each of

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French essayist philosophical theorist and novelist often called the metaphysician of evil Bataille was interested in sex death degradation and the power and potential of the obscene He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual artistic or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent transcendental