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My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man by Georges Bataille

My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series


My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man by Georges Bataille

In these three works of erotic prose Georges Bataille fuses sex and spirituality in a highly personal and philosophical vision of the self. My Mother is a frank and intense depiction of a young man's sexual initiation and corruption by his mother, where the profane becomes sacred, and intense experience is shown as the only way to transcend the boundaries of society and morality. Madame Edwarda is the story of a prostitute who calls herself God, and The Dead Man, published in 1964 after Bataille's death, is a startling short tale of cruelty and desire. This volume also contains Bataille's own introductions to his texts as well as essays by Yukio Mishima and Ken Hollings.


The power of Bataille's prose is still impressive, his capacity to shock still compelling * Literary Review *

About the Author

Georges Bataille (1897-1962) wrote an extraordinary mixture of poetry, philosophy, fantasy and history. His influence on writers as various as Sartre, Foucault, Barthes and Lacan is incalculable. His major works (all published as Modern Classics) are the novels The Story of the Eye and Blue of Noon and the essay collection Eroticism.

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Publication date

7th June 2012


Georges Bataille

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Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


208 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories



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