Eroticism - Georges Bataille
A philosopher, novelist, essayist, pornographer and fervent Catholic who came to regard the brothels of Paris as his true 'churches', Georges Bataille ranks among the boldest and most disturbing of twentieth-century thinkers.
In this influential study (originally published 1957) he links the underlying sexual basis of religion to death, offering a dazzling array of insights into incest, prostitution, marriage, murder, sadism, sacrifice and violence, as well as including comments on Freud, de Sade, and Saint Theresa.
Everywhere, Eroticism argues, sex is surrounded by taboos, which we must continually transgress in order to overcome the sense of isolation that faces us all.
Translated by Mary Dalwood
Introduction by Colin MacCabe