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Pierre Klossowski (August 9, 1905August 12, 2001) was a French writer, translator and artist.

Born in Paris in 1905, Pierre Klossowski wrote full length volumes on Marquis de Sade and Nietzsche, a number of essays on literary and philosophical figures, and five novels. He translated several important texts (by Virgil, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Hölderlin, Kafka, Nietzsche, Benjamin) into French, worked on films and was also an artist, illustrating many of the scenes from his novels. Klossowski participated in most issues of Georges Bataille's review, Acéphale, in the late 1930s.

His book Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle and previous papers included within were a huge influence on French philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard and many others.

He is the older brother of the artist Balthazar Klossowski, better known as Balthus.


Year Original French English Translation
1947 Sade mon prochain (Paris: Seuil, 1947) Sade my neighbour trans. by Alphonso Lingis (Northwestern University Press, 1991)
1950 La Vocation suspendue (Paris: Gallimard,1950) -
1963 Un si funeste désir (Paris: Gallimard, 1963) -
1965 Le Baphomet, (Paris: Mercure de France, 1965) The Baphomet trans. by Sophie Hawkes and Stephen Sartarelli

(Marsilio Pub, 1992) ISBN 0-941419-73-8

1965 Les Lois de l'hospitalité (Paris: Gallimard, 1965) (trilogy of the 'Roberte' novels: La Révocation de l'Édit de Nantes (1959), Roberte ce soir (1954), and Le Souffleur (1960)) Roberte ce Soir and The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes trans. by Austryn Wainhouse with introduction by Micheal Perkins (Dalkey Archive Press, 2002)
1969 Nietzsche et le cercle vicieux (Paris: Mercure de France, 1969) Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle (University of Chicago Press, 1998, ISBN 0-226-44387-6; other ed. 2001 ISBN 0-485-12133-6
1980 Le Bain de Diane, Paris, Gallimard, 1980) Diana at Her Bath/the Women of Rome trans. by Sophie Hawkes and Stephen Sartarelli

(Marsilio Publishers, 1998) ISBN 1-56886-055-2

Posthumous publications
2001 Écrits d'un monomane: Essais 1933-1939 (Paris: Gallimard, 2001) -
2001 Tableaux vivants: Essais critiques 1936-1983 (Paris: Gallimard, 2001) -
2001 L'adolescent immortel (Paris: Gallimard, 2001) -
2003 La Monnaie vivante (Paris: Gallimard, 2003) -

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