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Encyclopædia Acephalica. Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris, Marcel Griaule, Carl Einstein, Robert Desnos and writers associated with the Acéphale and Surrealist . Encyclopaedia Acephalica: Comprising the Critical Dictionary & Related Texts. Front Cover. Georges Bataille, Robert Lebel, Isabelle Waldberg, Alastair Brotchie . Encyclopaedia Acephalica by Georges Bataille, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Stephen Clark rated it really liked it Acephzlica 27, It combines every fault. The nightingale outlives the gods, because it is merely allegorical, committing to nothing.

But man does not have a simple architecture like the beasts, and it is not even possible to say where he begins. Spittle bears closely on erotic manifestations, because like love, it plays havoc with the classification of organs.

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Today, when the truly wretched aesthete, at a loss for objects of admiration, has invented the contemptible “beauty” of the factory, the dire filth of those enormous tentacles appears all the more revolting; the rain puddles at their feet, the empty lots, the black smoke half- beaten down by the wind, the piles of slag and dross are the sole true attributes of those gods of a sewer Olympus.

When it is fully open, one will spit into the gaping opening, at the same time pronouncing words of appeasement, and finally, with the greatest calm, one will cross the threshold, looking before oneself. However Bataille’s ideas do not exactly form a coherent philosophical system nor for that matter a religious, political or ethical one in the accepted sense, since he acknowledges to as inherent to it both contradictions, and absolute limits beyond which he cannot pass, and when these limits are approached he tends to use images, poetry, even fiction to convey his meaning.

University of the Sunshine Coast Library. By observing them and even by experiencing them, actually in sex and vicariously in death, he felt that one could come as close as possible to fully experiencing life in all its dimensions. It should be added that man, above all, is afraid of himself and of his own creations, imaginary entities he has separated from himself. It was only until the first years of the nineteenth century that the extravagance of involuntary contradiction and of the senile paradox had free rein; since then white men and woman, have, as we know, tenaciously persisted in their efforts to regain, at last, a human face.

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Spittle is finally, through its http: In reality, the dignity of space is so well established and associated with that of the stars, that it is incongruous to assert that space might become a fish swallowing another. Thus, supposing that the queen’s foot was perfectly pretty, his pleasure would have still derived its sacrilegious charm from deformed and muddy feet.


It is clear, in any case, that mathematical order imposed upon stone is really the culmination of the evolution of earthly aceohalica, whose direction is indicated within the biological order by the passage from the simian to the human form, the latter already displaying all the elements of architecture.

I should, moreover, prefer not to refresh the memory of persons who interest themselves, professionally or for the want of something better to do, out of confusion or for a laugh, in the behaviour of that scallywag at odds with society: C rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Open to the public Book; Illustrated English Show 0 more libraries Lists with This Book. The nightingale belongs to the repertory of bourgeois diversions, by which we try to suggest the indecent while skirting it.

Among civilised men, the mouth has even lost the relatively prominent character that it still has among Mouth: That is why, when placing it in a dictionary, it is more logical to call upon the little boy, the terrified witness of the birth of that image of the immense and sinister convulsions in which his whole life will unfold, rather than the technician, who is necessarily blind.

Encyclopaedia Acephalica

I have myself a thousand times seen them in garments different from those in which I had seen them previously The nightingale plays all the flutes of all time; it is more eternal than Apollo, but it cannot master the saxophone. Fine, but such is not the view of the serviceman who outfit trophy rooms, nor that of the neo-Byzantine Ethiopian painters whose fondness for European weapons leads them to adorn King Solomon’s honourable warriors with them.

Christ’s saliva opened the eyes of the blind, and a mother’s “heart’s balm” heals the bumps of small children.

That a razor might slice open the dazzling eye of a young and charming woman, this is precisely what he would admired to the point of madness, this young man observed by a small cat, who is acwphalica chance holding in his hand a coffee spoon should he suddenly hanker to place an eye in it.

There he would wield the discipline to right and left, without rhyme or reason, and the penitents, far from uttering cries of pain, expressed their satisfaction in cries of joy, calling their fustigator “my little father. Materialism can be seen as a senile idealism to the extent that it is not immediately founded upon psychological or social facts and not upon abstractions, such as artificially isolated accephalica.

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According to Jarry it would appear that a lobster fell in love with a can of corned beef In the same way, the sky is a rarefied earth, the earth a denser sky. It is time that we take note that rebellion at its most open has been subjected to propositions as superficial as that which claims the absence of relation to be another form of relation [1].

Encyclopaedia Acephalica: Comprising the Critical Dictionary & Related Texts by Georges Bataille

However there is no doubt an allusion here to the need for a marksman who wishes to aim straight to shut one of his eyes. In superior civilisations the doormat has not been created solely to slow the crossing of the threshold and permit the visitor to collect his thoughts.

Furthermore, all this is as remote as it could encyclopxedia from gypsy sentimentality. The second, who on the contrary has in no way lost the notion of Cartesian space, who on the contrary is afflicted with a morbid geometrism, has lost the affective notion of the here-now, of that concrete and specific present where as Ward very rightly says, the here appears to dominate and condition the now. The player goes down all fours, supported on his elbows, his head pulled in between his shoulders.

These childish or untutored way of seeing is replaced by a knowing vision which allows one to take a factory chimney for a stone construction forming a pipe for the evacuation of smoke high into the air — which is to say, for an abstraction.

It should be stressed, for example, that a chimney is only very tentatively of a wholly mechanical order. In effect life today finds itself caught fast and frozen into the thick industrial ice that could turn us all into corpses. Even admitting the arbitrary character of encyclopaedai last move, which may pass for a merely logical trivialisation of its converse operation, it is nonetheless true that acephalicx expression given the human self toward the end of the last century strangely fits the conception this advanced.

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