Against Architecture

From October Books

Against Architecture

The Writings of Georges Bataille

By Denis Hollier

Translated by Betsy Wing





Over the past 30 years the writings of Georges Bataille have had a profound influence on French intellectual thought, informing the work of Foucault, Derrida, and Barthes, among others. Against Architecture offers the first serious interpretation of this challenging thinker, spelling out the profoundly original and radical nature of Bataille's work.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262081863 232 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


$40.00 X ISBN: 9780262581134 232 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


Betsy Wing.


  • A very valuable study of its subject.

    David Gordon

    Library Journal


  • Hollier has not only written a series of interlocking essays which manage to roam representatively over and under the six thousand pages of Bataille, a polygraphic author of the most bewildering complexity, but be has taken the master's method to heart and has written not a book about Bataille but a book through him: he has turned Bataille on and even against Bataille. The result is a superb, even a supreme critical work.

    Richard Howard

    Professor of Creative Writing, University of Houston