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Susan Rubin Suleiman, 12 July 1990

Theory of Religion 
by Georges Bataille, translated by Robert Hurley.
Zone, 126 pp., £16.25, April 1989, 0 942299 08 6
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My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man 
by Georges Bataille, translated by Austryn Wainhouse.
Boyars, 222 pp., £13.95, October 1989, 0 7145 2886 2
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... in the context of Bataille’s classically elegant diction and syntax. The translations by Austryn Wainhouse are often quite successful in conveying these incongruities, especially in The Dead Man. One place where he badly falters, however, is in his attempts to translate the French verb jouir. This is an almost insoluble problem, as the ...

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