From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Deliverance is a 1970 novel by James Dickey, his first. It was adapted into a 1972 film by director John Boorman. In 1998, the editors of the Modern Library selected Deliverance as #42 on their list of the 100 best 20th-Century novels.
The epigraph to the novel by Georges Bataille reads "Il existe à la base de la vie humaine, un principe d'insuffisance". The quote was taken from L'expérience intérieure and translates as "There exists at the base of the human life a principle of insufficiency".