Such a Deathly Desire (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Such a Deathly Desire (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Pierre Klossowski


Provocative essays on language, literature, and the aesthetics of embodiment.

surprising, tremendous, and kooky, the French writer, translator, and artist Pierre Klossowski (1905–2001) exerted a profound influence on French highbrow tradition in the course of the 20th century. The older brother of the painter Balthus, secretary to the novelist André Gide, pal to Georges Bataille and Maurice Blanchot, and heralded as probably the most vital voices within the French "return to Nietzsche" by means of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, Klossowski pursued his singular imaginative and prescient of mortal embodiment via numerous scholarly manifestations. In Such a Deathly hope (Un si funeste désir), Klossowsk's unique interpretation of Nietzsche's everlasting go back is built round the enigmatic determine of the "demon" then deepened with provocative readings of Gide's correspondence; Barbey d'Aurevilly's novel A Married Priest; and the intertwining of language and loss of life within the paintings of Bataille, Blanchot, and Brice Parain. The ebook concludes with the strong essay "Nietzsche, Polytheism, and Parody," during which Klossowski articulates the implications of the everlasting go back and the that means of Nietzsche's family tree of the fabulation of the realm. Intersecting with and confounding quite a number disciplines—including psychoanalysis, literary feedback, gender reports, and philosophy—Klossowski's severe writings on language, literature, and the aesthetics of embodiment stay strong and unique contributions to modern issues within the theoretical humanities.

"Pierre Klossowski used to be one of many such a lot influential (albeit idiosyncratic) literary figures in France throughout the postwar years, but his paintings continues to be surprisingly unknown within the English-speaking global. Such a Deathly Desire was once one of many crucial books of Klossowski's oeuvre, and it contains seminal articles on Gide, Bataille, and Blanchot, in addition to his now-classic essay 'Nietzsche, Polytheism, and Parody.' the looks of the publication in English has lengthy been expected, and we owe an enormous debt to Russell Ford for delivering us with an obtainable and actual translation."— Daniel W. Smith, Purdue college

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