My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man

My Mother Madame Edwarda The Dead Man My Mother is a unique bildungsroman of a young man s sexual initiation and corruption by his mother Publishers WeeklyMy Mother Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man comprises three short pieces of erotic p

  • Title: My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man
  • Author: Georges Bataille Austryn Wainhouse Yukio Mishima Ken Hollings
  • ISBN: 9780141195551
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Mother is a unique bildungsroman of a young man s sexual initiation and corruption by his mother Publishers WeeklyMy Mother, Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man comprises three short pieces of erotic prose that fuse elements of sex and spirituality in a highly personal vision of the flesh They present a world of sensation in which only the vaulting demands of disruptive eMy Mother is a unique bildungsroman of a young man s sexual initiation and corruption by his mother Publishers WeeklyMy Mother, Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man comprises three short pieces of erotic prose that fuse elements of sex and spirituality in a highly personal vision of the flesh They present a world of sensation in which only the vaulting demands of disruptive excess and the anguish of heightened awareness can combat the stultifying world of reason and social order Each of the narratives contains a sense of intoxication and insanity so carefully delineated by the author that it seems to infect the reader.Philosopher, novelist and critic, Georges Bataille is a major figure in twentieth century literature whose startling and original ideas increasingly exert a vital influence on the shaping of thought, language and experience Best known outside France for the vertiginous sexual delirium of his short novel, Story of the Eye, the vast scope of Bataille s interests and intellect made him a major force in many spheres.Bataille s essays range over such diverse topics as economics, psychoanalysis, Marxism, yoga and anthropology His critical essays, Literature and Evil and his complex meditations on the dark coupling of sex and death, Eroticism, are both available from Marion Boyars Bataille s available fiction includes L Abb C, a twisted document detailing the holy horrors of sex and Blue of Noon, now an established modern classic in its seventh printing.

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    1. In this lifeless world what else was there for me to do but forget the searing light whose glare had blinded me when I had felt my mother in my arms? But I already knew that it was not going to be forgotten, ever. - 'My Mother'Degradation gave birth to him and can take it back. Grunting copulation, squealing pigs meat house. Everybody cries when baby is born. His mother gets further away as the father is further away. Death is over or the sweaty affairs. Don't walk away when I am oozing pain lik [...]

    2. I am a big fan of Georges Bataille's fiction. He borders on the creepy of course, but its his intelligence that is seductive. I wish he was alive now. He's someone I would like to meet and have a cup of coffee with. Would he drink coffee? Yukio Mishima wrote the introduction to this book which is worth the price of the volume.

    3. my mother!!!!!!!!!trots att att slutet är oklart :)så är jag så imponeradrörd! störd!!!!replikerna!!!! #teamvisomönskabatailleskrevdramatik

    4. Bataille is great. The Dead Man was my favorite in this collection (and it's format on the page is fantastic!) but I think I prefer reading Batailles theoretical works to his fiction--their just so much more sumptuously beautiful.

    5. Bataille is an analyst of the erotic, and in these narratives he explores and exploits the transformative and sometimes destructive power of sex. While his association of violence with eroticism may remind some of the Marquis de Sade, one significant difference between the two writers is that Bataille does not focus as much as de Sade does on representing the details of the sexual act itself; rather, Bataille emphasizes the moral and cultural context in which the sexual act occurs. Moreover, in [...]

    6. My Mother was the highlight here for me, although the other two pieces were close behind. The critical essays were also helpful in providing context, as this was my first Bataille and I had only a vague impression of his preoccupations beforehand. I think I will read deeper into his catalog before forming a definite opinion on him, though. When it comes to eroticism in fiction I tend to prefer a 'less is more' approach, where the action remains an implicit blur for the reader to wonder about and [...]

    7. Horrifyingly erotic tales, but what else to expect from Bataille's fiction? Yukio Mishima's opening essay is a lucid summary and analysis of My Mother and Madame Edwarda, while Ken Hollings's essay is an explication and interpretation of the components of Bataille's eroticism in general. Mishima's essay is clear and easy to comprehend, Hollings's is more academic and tougher to grasp. Both were good and added something extra to the three great short stories within.

    8. Georges Bataille was a highly controversial French writer, and the first of these novelettes, "My Mother," reads fairly easily in the original French ("Ma Mere"). Like all of his work, this is slim book is deeply disturbing. A mother sets out to corrupt her young son. She wants to disabuse him of the notion that she is virtuous and that his now deceased father is the cause of the family's unhappiness. She demands that he love her not as a naive imagination but in all her drunken and sexually pro [...]

    9. Bataille was engaged in the sort of terribly *serious* project which seems to come so much more easily to the French, an attempt to sacralise sex - but not in any jolly sense, rather to turn it into the sort of dark, dangerous and unknowable god you find in the work of Lovecraft. Part of me wonders whether the one is the Catholic counterpart to the Puritan-descended other - just as Lovecraft describes squid-like creatures in a way that leaves one fairly confident he has issues with vaginas, so o [...]

    10. While I'd recommend starting with Story of the Eye with Bataille, this is a good follow up if you enjoy that book. Bataille pulsates with a Sadean energy. I once read somewhere that Bataille is not an author who just engages you, he possesses and rots you from the inside like syphilis. I can't think of a better way to describe him. Full Review

    11. My Mother was the gem. Not sure i was able to fully grasp the depth of the other stories. Regardless, Bataille is an inspiring genius that violently and passionately takes on the erotic and grotesque.

    12. My Mother/Madame Edwarda/The Dead Man is a secret handshake you share with your 1-3 friend(s) who have also read it.

    13. Fabulously perverted. Devastating, crawling skin-inducing, and soul crushing. Everything I look for in a good read.

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