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Hardcover | ISBN: 9780262081863 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 1990
Paperback | $29.95 Trade | £20.95 | ISBN: 9780262581134 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 1992

Against Architecture

The Writings of Georges Bataille


Over the past 30 years the writings of Georges Bataille have had a profound influence on French intellectual thought, informing the work of Foucault, Derrida, and Barthes, among others. Against Architecture offers the first serious interpretation of this challenging thinker, spelling out the profoundly original and radical nature of Bataille's work.


"A very valuable study of its subject."David Gordon, Library Journal

"Against Architecture is a superb, even supreme, critical work In some ways it is the only kind of book that can do a human justice, to the astonishing figure of George Bataille. Denis Hollier is the most gifted critical intelligence of his generation."Richard Howard, University of Houston

"Hollier has not only written a series of interlocking essays which manage to roam representatively over and under the six thousand pages of Bataille, a polygraphic author of the most bewildering complexity, but be has taken the master's method to heart and has written not a book about Bataille but a book through him: he has turned Bataille on and even against Bataille. The result is a superb, even a supreme critical work."Richard Howard, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Houston