The Accursed Share, Volume 1

The Accursed Share, Volume 1

Volume 1: Consumption

By Georges Bataille

Translated by Robert Hurley

Distributed for Zone Books

Hardcover $29.95 T
Paperback $22.95 T £18.99





Most Anglo-American readers know Bataille as a novelist. The Accursed Share provides an excellent introduction to Bataille the philosopher. Here he uses his unique economic theory as the basis for an incisive inquiry into the very nature of civilization. Unlike conventional economic models based on notions of scarcity, Bataille's theory develops the concept of excess: a civilization, he argues, reveals its order most clearly in the treatment of its surplus energy. The result is a brilliant blend of ethics, aesthetics, and cultural anthropology that challenges both mainstream economics and ethnology.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780942299106 200 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


$22.95 T | £18.99 ISBN: 9780942299113 200 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


Robert Hurley.


  • A serious book of political economy that also claims 'the sexual act is in time what the tiger is in space.'... The Accursed Share is a brilliant product of [Bataille's] loony-tunes coupling of critical genres: pseudo/antisurrealist manifestos, leftist political treatises, erotics, Hegel 'n' Nietzsche studies, mysticism, anthropology, and sun worship.

    Erik Davis

    The Voice Literary Supplement