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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Tears of Eros by Georges Bataille ,. Peter Connor Translator. Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. This essay, illustrated with artwork f Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred.
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.
He was a librarian by profession. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. In , Bataille began Tears of Eros , and it was completed in , his final work.
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Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Tears of Eros , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Tears of Eros. Jul 18, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: adventures-in-thought. The doors of my mind have only recently opened to and been opened by Bataille, so what I say about The Tears of Eros will necessarily be that of a novice.
We have hanging in our house a woodblock print done by a friend of ours of a gaunt and cigarette smoking Joan Didion. Worked into this portrait is a quote of hers - I know what nothing means and keep on playing. I read it as an inspirational message, as does my wife, but I know our individual interpretations of it are fundamentally different, though I have no interest in discussing this difference of interpretation with her.
It is enough that the phrase has significant meaning, however different, for each of us. It means so much to me because in recent years my spiritual path or search for authenticity has become centered on nothingness.
Truth exists, but only as founded on nothingness, which for me means that no thought or construct of meaning can contain truth. Faith too often is nothing more than faith in a pat and simple-minded thought. My concern is to be, to go, beyond thought, and to play as if suspended in this profound void of non-thought spewing forth thoughts, ironically.
In The Tears of Eros this nothingness, this ineffable peak beyond all thought, is illustrated by an ancient cave painting.
In this cave painting a gored buffalo with entrails spilling out is charging or has charged the man responsible for its mortal wound. This man is apparently dead or dying, a victim of his victim the charging buffalo, and is sporting a quite prominent erection.
This painting serves as a kind of flashing window, a window flashing in and out of apprehension, into the charged nothingness that Bataille pursued to the ends of his thoughts, and beyond. An even more extreme and illustrative example of his concerns is saved for a very brief discussion at the end of the book.
It is a photograph of a Chinese man undergoing horrible torturous mutilation. Bataille asserts that the face of this man, with eyes raised heaven-ward a la St. Joan of Arc, is expressing a kind of joy or transcendence coupled with extreme pain and despair obviously , and so has served as profound inspiration for him he owned a copy of the picture and spent much time contemplating it.
At times his fervor to believe what he himself was writing led him to see in things only that which corresponded with his thought. As when he asserts that apes and all animals by extension have no concern for their dead, and when he says that apes have no sense of humor. These are only quibbles, but were enough to form chinks in the armor of his thoughts; but then again, Bataille is not concerned overmuch with logical argument, being more an aesthete or a poet, so in a way these chinks only make his thought even more authentic to me, as passion trumps logic any day.
View all 30 comments. Aug 13, hanne rated it it was amazing. I absolutely bought this book because the cover matches my favourite blue nail-polish exactly. View 1 comment. Dec 12, Matthieu rated it really liked it. Originally given three stars back in '08 read in September of , but after a second reading, I've decided to add an additional half-star rounding up to four.
Bataille's a strange cat. Despite some fascinating information here e. Nov 04, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-bought. Georges Bataille's great illustrated book on the connection between eroticism and death. The two doorways one can't avoid, yet we are drawn to its power. One of the great poetic essayists, Bataille is sort of like the moment one wakes up from a feverish dream.
You have a memory of that dream, but then you are not fully awake. I picked this up due to a search for a better understanding of sexual attitudes and life.
I grew up with views from religions and schools about abstinence from sex while coping with my own libido instincts. This book liberates me as a human to understand why humans have sexual impulses; why death is not as scary even without any religion; and finally why I find myself comfortable in expressing my sexual thoughts while living amongst Asians who are mostly conservatives. Fulgurante y glacial. Nov 02, Brian rated it it was amazing.
Only in the face of horror does the fragmentary totality of being become uncovered Nov 09, Lisa rated it really liked it. This book disturbed even me. Jan 31, Maddy rated it liked it Shelves: , books-i-own-for-manoja , philosophy-theory , non-fiction. I wonder if the makers of Martyrs had this in mind. The usual Bataille waffle on eroticism and death, this time with the inclusion of a lot of pretty pictures. The images make up the bulk of the book, and in short are often far more engaging than the obtuse points attempting to be made by the incredibly sparse text.
Feb 06, Mary Rose rated it did not like it Shelves: art-history. Philosophers don't get to write about history anymore because they don't write anything that makes sense. It's the new law, established by me. My problems with this book are First is that it is way too vague and homogenizing. The book covers the entire history of civilization mostly Western, except when he takes Chinese torture victims and Voodoo practitioners out of context for no reason in ish pages, the majority of which are taken up with illustrations.
So of course he can't act Philosophers don't get to write about history anymore because they don't write anything that makes sense. So of course he can't actually say anything, he can only scrape up some vague examples of situations which were both erotic and violent. Does it perpetuate violence?
Does it normalize sex? Who knows--certainly not Bataille! Obviously I'm a scholar of the twenty-first century but I really felt like something was left to be desired from his interpretation. I wanted to hear about gendered dimensions of violence.
I wanted to hear about drugs and alcohol. I wanted to hear about class differences.
The Tears of Eros
This essay, illustrated with artwork from every era, was developed out of ideas explored in Erotism: Death and Sensuality 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. Related e. Wikipedia Wiktionary Shop. Published by Jean-Jacques Pauvert , this, his last book, was prefaced by Joseph-Marie Lo Duca including their correspondence , who was a close friend of Bataille towards the end of his life. The book features an extended discussion of the Shaft of the Dead Man of Lascaux and is infamous for depicting the Death by a Thousand Cuts photograph. Category : WLL.
I absolutely bought this book because the cover matches my favourite blue nail-polish exactly. Georges Bataille was a French poet, novelist, and philosopher. His father was already blind and paralyzed from syphilis when Bataille was born. In , Bataille's father died, his mind destroyed by his illness. The death marked his son for life.