The Solar Anus  

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"But the copula of terms is no less irritating than the copulation of bodies. And when I scream I AM THE SUN an integral erection results, because the verb to be is the vehicle of amorous frenzy." --The Solar Anus - Georges Bataille

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The Solar Anus (French: L'Anus solaire) is a short text written by the French writer and philosopher Georges Bataille. It was written in 1927 and published in a limited edition of a 100 copies in 1931, illustrated with drypoints by André Masson, by the Éditions de la Galerie Simon.

Albeit elliptically, its aphorisms refer to decay, death, vegetation, natural disasters, impotence, frustration, ennui and excrement. It makes ironic reference to the sun, which, although it brings life to the Earth, can also result in death from its unrestrained energies. Moreover, the anus may be seen as a symbol of the inevitability of residual waste due to its role in excretion.

It is also here that the "jesuve" is introduced.

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The English translations are cited from Visions of Excess.

"Il est clair que le monde est purement parodique, c'est-à-dire que chaque chose qu'on regarde est la parodie d'une autre, ou encore la même chose sous une forme décevante."
"It is clear that the world is purely parodic, in other words, that each thing seen is the parody of another, or is the same thing in a deceptive form."
C'est ainsi qu'on s'aperçoit que la terre en tournant fait coïter les animaux et les hommes et (comme ce qui résulte est aussi bien la cause que ce qui provoque) que les animaux et les hommes font tourner la terre en coïtant.
"Thus one notes that the earth, by turning, makes animals and men have coitus, and (because the result is as much the cause as that which provokes it) that animals and men make the earth turn by having coitus."
"Mais le copule des termes n'est pas moins irritant que celui des corps. Et quand je m'écrie : JE SUIS LE SOLEIL, il en résulte une érection intégrale, car le verbe être est le véhicule de la frénésie amoureuse."
"But the copula of terms is no less irritating than the copulation of bodies. And when I scream I AM THE SUN an integral erection results, because the verb to be is the vehicle of amorous frenzy."

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