Le baphomet

Le baphomet

Pierre Klossowski

Language: French

Pages: 235

ISBN: 2070708853

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quote from the cover flap of the Engl. edition:

This is Pierre Klossowski’s latest novel and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. It was awarded the Prix des Critiques when first published in France in 1965. The author, who has read, enjoyed, and written about Sade and Nietzsche as well as the Doctors of the Church, is a spirit particularly at ease with extremes. Of him it can be said that he will never cease to keep one foot in the seminary and the other in the brothel. In The Baphomet, theological and metaphysical issues interlace with eroticism and subtle irony. Klossowski’s fanciful notion is that every year the “breaths” of the long-gone Templar monks gather on the anniversary of the torment and execution of their Grand Master. On this occasion they commit the sexual iniquities and blasphemous acts of which they had been forced to falsely accuse one another in front of an Inquisition tribunal. The reader will meet Ogier de Beauséant, an ambiguously charming page boy, whose essence holds nothing less than the spirit of Theresa of Avila deprived of her sanctity by Klossowski’s perverted perception; Nietzsche in the body of an anteater; the author himself as the confessor; the Grand Master of the Temple as a hornet; and then Philip the Fair; the Antichrist; the King of Two Sicilies; Bernini; brothers Malvoisie and Bois-Guilbert (from Ivanhoe); Saint John of the Cross: and all is whirling around the androgynous Baphomet, idol of the Templars, symbol of the Eternal Return and the doctrines of the great heresiarchs of gnosticism.

André-Pieyre de Mandiargues wrote in Le Figaro: “. . . a novel in which we are pleased to welcome a triumph of culture as well as one of the most audacious products of modern spirit. In it, perversion triumphs on every plane and brings along a dizzying sense of relativity of all moral values and all time and space notions.” Foucault said that: “The theory of the ‘breaths’ in Klossowski’s Baphomet is related, for who knows how many aspects, to the entirety of Western philosophy. But then, because of the mise-en-scene, the formulation, the manner in which it functions in the novel, it breaks off from it altogether.” And Maurice Blanchot: "The Baphomet, transforming into myth the legend of the Templars, translates, with baroque sumptuosity, the experience of Nietzsche’s Eternal Return.” The Baphomet, which has been published in several European countries, was also praised by such personalities as Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Butor.














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