Literature and Evil
|Series:||Penguin Modern Classics Ser.|
'Literature is not innocent', stated Georges Bataille in this extraordinary 1957 collection of essays, arguing that only by acknowledging its complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely. These literary profiles of eight authors and their work, including Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" and the writings of Sade, Kafka and Sartre, explore subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression, in a work of rich allusion and powerful argument.
Bataille is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century -- Michel Foucault Bataille intellectualizes the erotic, as he eroticizes the intellect ... reading him can be a disturbing kind of game The New York Times