Inner Experience

Georges Bataille

In his main work The Inner Experience Georges Bataille reports on his search for, and describes his methods for achieving, the ‘inner experience’. What the ‘inner experience’ is, is hard to describe. One could say that it is ‘the experience of experiencing’ (without experiencing something specific), or one could say that it is ‘simply’ ‘to be’. For sure is that the ‘inner experience’ cannot be put in words (otherwise it would be the experience of something).

The situation that Bataille wants to describe something that cannot be put in words, brings him in an interesting conflict as a writer. In his book he works with fragmenting different genres of writing. His writing is a series of strategies against language, to bring (I would say) the reader in a physical position facing the ‘inner experience’.

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Inner Experience

Inner Experience

Georges Bataille

 

apr 1988, State University of New York Press
ISBN: 9780887066351
209 pagina's, Paperback