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Georges Bataille and Michel Leiris

In the autumn of 1924, just before André Breton published the Manifeste du surréalisme, two young men met in Paris for the first time.  Georges Bataille, 27, starting work at the Bibliothèque Nationale; Michel Leiris, 23, beginning his studies in ethnology.  Within a few months they were both members of the Surrealist group, although their adherence to Surrealism (unlike their affinities with it) would not last long: in 1930 they were among the signatories of ’Un cadavre,’ the famous tract against Breton, the ’Machiavelli of Montmartre,’ as Leiris put it.  But their friendship would endure for more than 30 years, and their correspondence, assembled here for the first time in English, would continue until the death of Bataille in 1962.
Including a number of short essays by each of them on aspects of the other’s work, and excerpts on Bataille from Leiris’ diaries, this collection of their correspondence throws new light on two of Surrealism’s most radical dissidents.

312 pages | 6 1/4 x 7 3/4 | © 2008

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Acknowledgements
Michel Leiris
On Georges Bataille
   Georges Bataille as Don Giovanni
   From Bataille the Impossible to the Impossible Documents
   From the Time of Lord Auch
Georges Bataille
On Michel Leiris
   Surrealism from Day to Day
   The Publication of ’A Corpse’
Georges Bataille and Michel Leiris
Correspondence 1924-61
Michel Leiris
Georges Bataille, As Time Goes By
Robert Desnos, Georges Bataille and Marcel Griaule
Bernard Noël
Afterword: A Way of Looking that is Understood
Appendix: A Bio-Bibliographic Chronology
Periodicals to which Bataille and Leiris both contributed (1925-62)

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