5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2012
If one ever feels the need to go deeper into the labyrinth of thought that Bataille has made possible, then this is the book to start with. From dark humour to random polyphonic associations of ideas, objects and fragments of thoughts never accomplished, this book will force you out of your traditional, conventional way of being in the world.
The richness of this book goes far beyond the modernist boundaries of Dadaism or Surrealism, even beyond the well-known counter-cultural critical theories widely thought in universities nowadays. The obscurities of phrases, the absurdities of some ideas, the joyful cynicism of the prose (especially of the second part, the DaCosta Encyclopedique) will cover your brain with an undefined and unfinished desire to continue or to suddenly stop a certain experience, to disseminate an incomplete thought in the flesh, to cut the moon's eye with the sharp blade of an obscure emotion, and so on and so forth.
I strongly encourage you to assimilate this book, to keep it safe in the hidden drawers of your spirit and in return it will never let you go, waiting patiently for your sovereign death to occur.
11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 1999
Designed from cover to back with many diagrams, photos, etc. this is a nice piece of book. It contains writings by Bataille that were published separately in a surrealist type group's periodical which is fantastic when put together here. From A to Z Bataille defines in a dictionary/encyclopedic type style various terms, objects, actions, and in this format really grabs a reader by his perspective and YANKS, turns ya around to see things differently than you could've ever imagined. There's much more than that though, other writing, including an introduction that mentions Bataille's attempt at creating a secret society. A great book to not just read, BUT TO OWN, whether a frequent reader of Bataille or as just a curious soul. "Acephale", by the way, means without head, and as you might know: Decapitation is really in these days so buying this Book will make you cool.