The Baphomet

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The Baphomet is a transgressive piece of experimental fiction authored by Pierre Klossowski. Klossowski wrote his original French novel in 1965, but it was not translated into English until 1992, when a translation was published by Marsilio Press.


Given that its structure is nonlinear, the following attempts to provide some coherence to the narrative of this book.

Baphomet itself was a fabled idol that the medieval Knights Templar supposedly worshipped, until the violent suppression of their order, for heresy and sodomy in 1307. In this narrative, the ghosts of Templar monks reassemble each year to commemorate their immolation, and engage in demonic possession of unwary animals and small children. In this case, the body of a recently dead page gives cause for interest, although the Templar Grand Master, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Klossowski himself also assume animal forms during the dialogue and vignettes that follow, and provide commentary on eros, death, transgression and rejection of conventional morality. It is never certain whether Baphomet is an actual entity, or whether this is a hallucinogenic spectacle produced by the dying consciousness of the monks themselves shortly before onset of death.