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This is Pierre Klossowski’s most recent novel and is taken into account by way of many to be his masterpiece. It was once presented the Prix des evaluations whilst first released in France in 1965. the writer, who has learn, loved, and written approximately Sade and Nietzsche in addition to the medical professionals of the Church, is a spirit fairly comfortable with extremes. Of him it may be acknowledged that he'll by no means stop to maintain one foot within the seminary and the opposite within the brothel. within the Baphomet, theological and metaphysical concerns interlace with eroticism and refined irony. Klossowski’s fanciful concept is that each 12 months the “breaths” of the long-gone Templar clergymen assemble at the anniversary of the torment and execution in their Grand grasp. in this party they dedicate the sexual iniquities and blasphemous acts of which they'd been compelled to falsely accuse each other in entrance of an Inquisition tribunal. The reader will meet Ogier de Beauséant, an ambiguously captivating web page boy, whose essence holds not anything under the spirit of Theresa of Avila disadvantaged of her sanctity by way of Klossowski’s perverted conception; Nietzsche within the physique of an anteater; the writer himself because the confessor; the Grand grasp of the Temple as a hornet; after which Philip the reasonable; the Antichrist; the King of 2 Sicilies; Bernini; brothers Malvoisie and Bois-Guilbert (from Ivanhoe); Saint John of the move: and all is whirling round the androgynous Baphomet, idol of the Templars, image of the everlasting go back and the doctrines of the nice heresiarchs of gnosticism.

André-Pieyre de Mandiargues wrote in Le Figaro: “. . . a singular within which we're happy to welcome a triumph of tradition in addition to the most audacious items of recent spirit. In it, perversion triumphs on each aircraft and brings alongside a dizzying experience of relativity of all ethical values and all time and house notions.” Foucault stated that: “The idea of the ‘breaths’ in Klossowski’s Baphomet is said, for who is familiar with what number elements, to the whole thing of Western philosophy. yet then, as a result of the mise-en-scene, the formula, the style during which it services within the novel, it breaks off from it altogether.” And Maurice Blanchot: "The Baphomet, becoming fantasy the legend of the Templars, interprets, with baroque sumptuosity, the event of Nietzsche’s everlasting Return.” The Baphomet, which has been released in different eu international locations, was once additionally praised via such personalities as Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Butor.

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Dans la salle des Soufflets, dite aussi du Ser­ pent d’airain, l’attendaient comme autant de co­ lonnes tourbillonnant sur elles-mêmes avec plus ou moins de lenteur, selon leurs dignités res­ pectives : le Commandeur, le Visiteur de l’Ordre et le Sénéchal. Au fond de cette salle, une croix — qui, sans offrir la figure du Sauveur, n’avait gardé que la couronne d’épines et les quatre clous de sa passion — surmontait une immense cheminée; là, deux Frères servants dont les tourbillons zélés affectaient l’aspect de bras aux manches retroussées, déjà se disposaient à saisir les poignées d’un double soufflet dont les sou­ papes de peau, tels d’énormes testicules, enga­ gées sous la hotte de la cheminée, en masquaient le conduit; au niveau de l’âtre reposait sur les braises assoupies une longue et sinueuse forme en fer creux, le Serpent d'airain de Moïse, que, disait-on, Saladin avait fait remettre jadis au Grand Maître Roncelin.

Sans doute, — pendant qu’il cédait à l’attrait de l’île, disparue avec le bûcher évaporé de son sup­ plice —, du bord de ces rives quelque souffle, aussi maléfique que son bruissement était suave, l’avait suivi, cherchant à le circonvenir dans sa tristesse : celui-ci imitait les modulations de la sainte qu’il avait pensé d’abord reconnaître. Et, se sentant pris de vitesse, il cria : — Jamais aucun des Bienheureux, pour peu qu’il l’eût voulu, n’eût seulement pu détacher son regard de la face de Dieu!

Le Baphomet 59 — O présomption des Docteurs qui nous dé clarent à jamais fixés dans le souverain Bien! S’il est la fin de notre vouloir sa vision ne nous prive point de notre volonté comme les viles jouissances : Celui qui me comble accroît d’au­ tant ma conscience de ceux qui jamais ne ver­ raient sa face ! O insoutenable félicité pour l’in­ telligence que Dieu ne veut briser! Dieu seul en moi s’oppose à Dieu! La brise qui avait porté ces accents s’était enflée en une telle rafale que son propre souffle fut rejeté sur le chemin de ronde de sa forte­ resse : le vent y était intenable^ il semblait qu’elle-même hurlant dans les frondaisons de la forêt environnante revînt battre le flanc des tours et siffler par les meurtrières.

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