Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality–Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective.
Bataille challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey. The subjects he covers include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, and organized war. Investigating desire prior to and extending beyond the realm of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is a psychological quest not alien to death.