The Impossible
The Impossible
A Story of Rats followed by Dianus and by The Oresteia
Translated by Robert Hurley


In a philosophical erotic narrative, an essay on poetry, and in poems Georges Bataille pursues his guiding concept, the impossible. The narrator engages in a journey, one reminiscent of the Grail quest; failing, he experiences truth. He describes a movement toward a disappearing object, the same elusive object that moved Theresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena to ecstasy.

"Humanity is faced with a double perspective: in one direction, violent pleasure, horror and death – precisely the perspective of poetry – and in the opposite direction, that of science or the real world of utility. Only the useful, the real, have a serious character. We are never within our rights in preferring seduction to it: truth has rights over us. Indeed it has every right. And yet we can, and indeed we must respond to something which, not being God, is stronger than every right, that impossible to which we accede only by forgetting the truth of all these rights." —Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French intellectual and literary icon who wrote essays, novels, and poems exploring philosophical and sociological subjects such as eroticism and surrealism. City Lights published more of Bataille's works including Erotism, The Tears of Eros, and Story of the Eye.

Title The Impossible
Subtitle A Story of Rats followed by Dianus and by The Oresteia
Translated by Robert Hurley
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 December 1991
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 144 p.
ISBN-10 0872862623
ISBN-13 9780872862623
Publication Date 01 December 1991
Main content page count 144
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.95
 


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