No. 50, The Tomb of Louis XXX (July 2012)

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Table of Contents

  1.           Frontispiece: Masson, La mort au soleil (1937)

                I. THE TOMB

  2.           Bataille, La lie (1944)

  3.           Bataille, Tombeau de vent (1944)

  4.           Bataille, A la nuit (1943)

  5.           Bataille, La blessure (1944)

                II. THE ORATORIO

  6.           Bataille, L’Oratorio (1954)

                III. THE BOOK

  7.           Bataille, Le Livre (1943)

  8.           Bataille, Les assiette, c’est fait pour s’asseoir (1946)

               IV. THE MEDITATION

  9.           Bataille, La Meditation (1954)

10.           Carpeaux, Supplice de cent morceaux (1905)

11.           Note

There was no time for a Louis XXX in the truncated lineage of the kings of France. But in French the title reads as ‘Louis Trente’, a name Bataille used, as he always did with his erotic writings, as a pseudonym for his authorship of another erotic text, Le Petit, which he published in 1943, the same year he was writing the verses for his unpublished work. If sovereignty, as Bataille concludes in his final meditation, can only ever be fully attained in the grave, The Tomb of Louis XXX is the tomb of Bataille himself.

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One Response to “No. 50, The Tomb of Louis XXX (July 2012)”

  1. Thank you so much!

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