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A poetic, philosophical, and political account of Nietzsche's importance to Bataille, and of Bataille's experience in Nazi-occupied France.
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Translator's Introduction: The Wanderer and His Shadow On Nietzsche: The Will to Chance Preface Part One: Mr. Nietzsche Part Two: Summit and Decline Part Three: Diary (February-August 1944) February-April 1944 The "Teacup," "Zen," and the Beloved April-June 1944 The Position of Chance June-July 1944 The Times August 1944 Epilogue Appendix I. Nietzsche and National Socialism II. Nietzsche's Inner Experience III. Inner Experience and Zen IV. Response to Jean-Paul Sartre V. Nothingness, Transcendence, Immanence VI. Surrealism and Transcendence Memorandum Introduction I. Essential Features II. Morality III. Politics IV. Mystical States Notes Index of Names

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Georges Bataille (1897-1962), a medievalist librarian by training, founded the College of Sociology and the secret society Acephale. He was equally famous for his contributions to French literature, art criticism, anthropology, philosophy, and theology. Bane of theologians, existentialists, and surrealists during his lifetime, he became an essential reference for the poststructuralist generation of French intellectuals, including Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. Stuart Kendall is a writer, editor, and translator working at the intersections of modern and contemporary art and design, critical theory, poetics, and theology. Author of the critical biography Georges Bataille, he has also edited and translated five other books by Bataille, including Guilty and Inner Experience, both also published by SUNY Press.

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"Stuart Kendall [is] the most prolific and arguably the most skillful translator Georges Bataille has in the English language ... In particular, Kendall impressively demonstrates how precisely Bataille's expressions and syntax can be rendered in English without sounding stilted." - French Studies "...a remarkable book on Nietzsche ... There has been a huge amount written on Nietzsche since 1945, but Bataille's discussion remains indispensable ... Kendall's edition is comprehensive and includes a good introduction and much that would be of use to the scholar of Bataille ... Highly recommended." - CHOICE

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