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Literature And Evil



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Author: Bataille, George
ISBN: 9780141195575
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2012
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 196mm x 129mm x 13mm
Format: Paperback / softback

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.