On Nietzsche  

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If, as it appears to me, a book is communication, the author is only one link in a unity of different readings. --Georges Bataille from his essay "On Nietzsche". --tr. unidentified

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On Nietzsche (French: Sur Nietzsche) is an essay on Friedrich Nietzsche by Georges Bataille first published in 1945 by Gallimard. It is part of the Summa Atheologica.

Quote from Paragon House, the current English language publisher:

"On Nietzsche is essentially a journal that brilliantly mixes observations with ruminations in fragments, aphorisms, poems, myths, quotations, and images against the background of World War II and the German occupation. Bataille has a unique way of moving breezily from abstraction to confession, and from theology to eroticism. He skillfully weaves together his own internal experience of anguish with the war and destruction raging outside with arguments against fascist interpretations of Nietzsche and praise for the philosopher as a prophet foretelling “the crude German fate.” With an introduction, “Furiously Nietzschean,” by Sylvere Lotringer, an Appendix in which Bataille defends himself against Sartre, and an Index, this volume reconfirms Michel Foucault’s assertion that Bataille, “broke with traditional narrative to tell us what has never been told before.” "




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