The Tears of Eros
Translated by Peter Connor

Tears of Eros is the culmination of Georges Bataille's inquiries into the relationship between violence and the sacred. Taking up such figures as Giles de Rais, Erzebet Bathory, the Marquis de Sade, El Greco, Gustave Moreau, Andre Breton, Voodoo practitioners, and Chinese torture victims, Bataille reveals their common obsession: death.

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.

"Bataille is one of the most important writers of the century."— Michel Foucault

Georges Bataille was born in Billom, France, in 1897. He was a librarian by profession. Also a philosopher, novelist, and critic he was founder of the College of Sociology. In 1959, Bataille began Tears of Eros, and it was completed in 1961, his final work. City Lights published two of his other works: Story of the Eye and The Impossible. Bataille died in 1962.

Title The Tears of Eros
Translated by Peter Connor
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 June 1989
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 258 p.
ISBN-10 0872862224
ISBN-13 9780872862227
Publication Date 01 June 1989
Main content page count 258
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $21.95

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