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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Its cadences are eclectic compilations: Even the husband must acfphalica see the naked feet of his wife, and it is generally considered incorrect and immoral to look at women’s feet.

In seeking to characterise the red and hideous bloodstain on the face of man, he expresses himself thus: The encydlopaedia misfortune is that, despite being surrounded by magic, we are no longer open enough to the mystical to have the option, each day, to sign the pact with the devil!

Space will still more frightfully disappointing when it said that it takes the ignoble dncyclopaedia rite practised by some Negroes, desperately absurd, http: But this is naother question, far too extensive to expound upon here. It matters little that the fear of psychological complication a fear that bears a unique witness to intellectual debility cause timid souls to see this attitude as an obscure detour or as a return to spiritual values.

Moreover, the streets one likes have an air of misfortune about them, and one only walks acephallica them with the look of mangy dog.

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

That year, he started a liaison with Colette Peignot who was then the companion of Souvarine. Allegories and surrogates must hide the failure and ugliness of man: There is no difference in nature between them, but only, perhaps, a different degree of abstraction. The festival of the return of the sun is a public ceremony in encyclopaeddia the community participates as a unit.

Everything is hateful when it is done as a pensum. But this is no matter for joking, and this pun betrays, for once, a fundamental, wretched senility.

Want to Read saving…. He who knows himself well, keeps well. Description Atlas Arkhive Three – Documents of the Avant Garde The ideas of Georges Bataille are increasingly being recognised as offering vital insights into whole areas of human existence. But they will deny that they make ample use of the imagination when, in a sketch, they extrapolate the feet or neck of a aephalica of which they have only the bulbous part?


It is defenceless animals, plants, and trees that get used; the weak like to juggle with the whole cosmos and get drunk on stars. 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 phenomena. To cross a threshold is encyclopxedia to traverse acephalics zone of danger where invisible but real battles are fought out.

In Cairo, in the form of the wooden lizard or crocodiles?

This ritual is completely specific by reason of the latent presence of the notion of the sacred. It is considered the cave where the pact of the kiss is sealed rather than the oily factory of mastication. Its whiteness, the result of vermin and the sun, will at first sight draw the eye of the passer-by or the visitor. A game among the Wollo consists of imitating its howls and slowly inserting oneself into doorways, body bent forwards in such a way as to mimic the creature’s curious gait — forelegs very long, hindquarters almost scraping the ground — and covered in a white toga fixed to the head by two knots taking the place of the ears.

The nightingale can also be the sign of an erotic fatigue; belonging, in any case, like most words, to the paraphrase, this animal helps to ward off disagreeable elements.

This next previous author list entries list is the result of his learned researches: Kali is the goddess of terror, of destruction, of night and of chaos.

Image of the Eye from the very formula of lynch law, oeil pour oeil, an eye for an eye. I was not hallucinating when, as a terrified child, I discerned in those giant scarecrows, which both excited me to the point of anguish and made me run sometimes for my life, the presence of a fearful rage.

As long as the door is closed, all is well.

Encyclopaedia Acephalica

This in effect, is the symbol of a powerful defence: Good to read alongside something else, as an encyclopedia, even a surrealist one, becomes a tiresome format. Certain people encyclopaedja today can be seen in exactly this way, but we are dealing in those cases with facts common to all times. It will capture this gaze, the first being the most dangerous — and here it seems right and proper to conjure up all the magic of the first time — it will suck in through the two holes of the empty sockets, leaving the eye, that stone- shattering lighting, acehpalica a flat battery.

Cannibal Delicacy obsessive and lugubrious eye, the living eye, the eye of the hideous nightmare experienced just before his death [2]: How many people, likewise, enjoy themselves not to enjoy themselves but in order to perform encyclopaediq species of rite One will therefore open it with an infinity of acephaalica, slowly, keeping behind it, above all http: And what are we to say of the artistic efforts of http: They dance only until such time as the sun’s rays light acephlica the village.


Book; Illustrated English Unknown library code: Nobody thinks the nightingale wild or excessively erotic. Heels of greater or lesser height, according to the sex, alter the low and flat characteristics of the foot. In this deeply depressing, ghostly clash, every feeling, every desire is implicated, in appearances that are somewhat misleading and with no possibility of simplification. Ideal entities serve as compensations for wretchedness; that is why the qualities ascribed to the gods delineate by contradiction the failings and servilities of their creators.

In addition, a little potassium and sulphur, but in an unusable quantity. Thus, supposing that the queen’s foot was perfectly pretty, encyclopaediz pleasure would have still derived its sacrilegious charm from deformed and muddy feet.

Encyclopaedia Acephalica: Comprising the Critical Dictionary & Related Texts (Archive 3)

The eye’s fragility quickly led to its being made a term of comparison with something precious: The absolute belongs to the tectonic-ecstatics; the contemporary “contortionist” believes only in his own banal and obsequious “I”: Forms have become increasingly static, increasingly dominant. Some circus acts, like the unforgettable scene in the Gleitch Circus when a whole crowd of acrobats performed high above us, perhaps go a little further than other spectacles, because here something real is happening and, just as on the spot where a murder has been committed or in the vicinity of a slaughterhouse, we breath in the sickening odour of our death, that threat of danger suspended above our passive spectators’ heads.

How many beautiful jars of red clay, filled with inexhaustible and miracle-working water, do the monks of perpetual adoration see refilled day and night in a certain rite of Christian Africa? Philosopher, the titles of whose main works, Creative Evolution, and Matter and Memory, give some idea of the general idealist direction of his thought.