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The Impossible Paperback – January 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0872862623 ISBN-10: 0872862623

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872862623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872862623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Original Language: French

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Soren on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I believe that one day people will come back to this book and consider it to be as ground breaking for the novel as Ulysses was.

It is simply amazing.

There were parts that were so haunting and that drew me to such deep unconscious wells that I felt like screaming at the book with all my strength, eating it, and then crawling under my bed chuckling madly.

I have seen Her. I have seen Him. And it has all happenned over and over again across the ages.

If the future is capable of writing more gems like this, then we have something to look forward to after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 30, 2015
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Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (1897–1962) was a French philosopher, novelist, and literary critic (and a librarian by profession); he wrote many books, including The Accursed Share: an Essay on General Economy, Vol. 1: Consumption, The Accursed Share, Vols. 2 and 3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty, On Nietzsche, Visions Of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939, The Tears of Eros, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to the second edition of this 1947 book, “Like the fictional narratives of novels, the texts that follow---the first two at any rate---are offered with the intention of depicting the truth. Not that I’m led to believe they have a convincing quality. I didn’t wish to deceive. Moreover there is not any novel in principle. And I couldn’t imagine doing that in my turn better than anyone else. Indeed I think in a sense my narratives clearly attain the IMPOSSIBLE. To be honest, these evocations have a painful heaviness about them. This heaviness may be tied to the fact that that at times horror had a real presence in my life. It may be too that, even when reduced to fiction, horror alone still enabled me to escape the empty feeling of untruth… I first published this book fifteen years ago, giving it an obscure title: ‘The Hatred of Poetry.
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Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (1897–1962) was a French philosopher, novelist, and literary critic (and a librarian by profession); he wrote many books, including The Accursed Share: an Essay on General Economy, Vol. 1: Consumption, The Accursed Share, Vols. 2 and 3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty, On Nietzsche, Visions Of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939, The Tears of Eros, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to the second edition of this 1947 book, “Like the fictional narratives of novels, the texts that follow---the first two at any rate---are offered with the intention of depicting the truth. Not that I’m led to believe they have a convincing quality. I didn’t wish to deceive. Moreover there is not any novel in principle. And I couldn’t imagine doing that in my turn better than anyone else. Indeed I think in a sense my narratives clearly attain the IMPOSSIBLE. To be honest, these evocations have a painful heaviness about them. This heaviness may be tied to the fact that that at times horror had a real presence in my life. It may be too that, even when reduced to fiction, horror alone still enabled me to escape the empty feeling of untruth… I first published this book fifteen years ago, giving it an obscure title: ‘The Hatred of Poetry.
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Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (1897–1962) was a French philosopher, novelist, and literary critic (and a librarian by profession); he wrote many books, including The Accursed Share: an Essay on General Economy, Vol. 1: Consumption, The Accursed Share, Vols. 2 and 3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty, On Nietzsche, Visions Of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939, The Tears of Eros, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to the second edition of this 1947 book, “Like the fictional narratives of novels, the texts that follow---the first two at any rate---are offered with the intention of depicting the truth. Not that I’m led to believe they have a convincing quality. I didn’t wish to deceive. Moreover there is not any novel in principle. And I couldn’t imagine doing that in my turn better than anyone else. Indeed I think in a sense my narratives clearly attain the IMPOSSIBLE. To be honest, these evocations have a painful heaviness about them. This heaviness may be tied to the fact that that at times horror had a real presence in my life. It may be too that, even when reduced to fiction, horror alone still enabled me to escape the empty feeling of untruth… I first published this book fifteen years ago, giving it an obscure title: ‘The Hatred of Poetry.
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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. Bataille died in 1962.

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