Publisher: Atlas Press
Illustrated by André Masson. Texts by Georges Bataille, Roger Caillois, Michel Leiris, Pierre Klossowski, Jean Rollin, Patrick Waldberg et al. Edited and Introduced by Marina Galletti & Alastair Brotchie. Translated by Natasha Lehrer, John Harman and Meyer Barash.
This book recounts what must be one of the most unusual intellectual journeys of modern times, in which Georges Bataille — still best known outside of France as a highly wrought pornographer (The Story of the Eye etc.) — having spent the early Thirties in far-left groups opposing the rise of Fascism, abandoned that approach in order to transfer the struggle on to “the mythological plane”.