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Bataille, Georges (Translated by Bruce Boone) & Lotringer, Sylvere (Contributor). ON NIETZSCHE. New York City, NY: Paragon House, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's book-length account on subject. One of Georges Bataille's greatest books. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Georges Bataille's "Sur Nietzsche" in a felicitous English translation. With an indispensable Introductory Essay by Sylvere Lotringer, which appears in published form for the very first time. Written in the final months of the Nazi Occupation of France, its translation into English almost fifty years later is a landmark event. Nietzsche's reputation suffered by association with Hitler and the Nazis, who appropriated his work posthumously (as they did Richard Wagner's music and writings). "Written in order to cleanse the German philosopher of the stain of Nazism, more than a treatise on Nietzsche, the book is a work of ethics in which thought is put to the test of experience, and experience is pushed to its outermost limits. At once personal and political, it was written as an act of war, its publication contingent upon the Nazi defeat. The result is a poetic, philosophical, and harrowing record of life during war. Haunted by the recognition that existence cannot be at once autonomous and viable, Bataille yearns for community from the depths of personal isolation and transforms Nietzsche's 'will-to-power' into his own 'will-to-chance'. Includes all of 'Memorandum', a selection of passages from Nietzsche's works edited and introduced by Bataille. Features the Notes and Annotations from the French edition of Bataille's Complete Works" (Publisher's blurb). As a "treatise", "On Nietzsche" is an anomaly: It consists of fragments, aphorisms, sayings, mini-stories, quotations, poems, and other unclassifiable literary forms that, in effect, pay homage to its great philosopher/subject's own literary style. Best-known for "The Story of The Eye", perhaps the greatest and most influential erotic/literary-pornography title (that even Harold Bloom regards as canonical), the Surrealist writer's theoretical and polemical genius is in full force here: "Breaks with traditional literary forms to tell us what has never been told before" (Michel Foucault). An absolute "must-have" title for Georges Bataille and Friedrich Nietzsche collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century on one of the greatest philosophers of all time. A fine copy. . ISBN 155778325X. $50.00

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