The Solar Anus

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The Solar Anus
L'anus solaire (Bataille book).jpg
Author Georges Bataille
Original title L'anus solaire
Illustrator André Masson
Language French
Publisher Editions de la Galerie Simon
Publication date
OCLC 8937274

The Solar Anus (French: L'anus solaire) is a short Surrealist text by the French writer Georges Bataille, written in 1927 and published with drawings by André Masson four years later.[1]

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.[2][3]


  1. ^ Jay, Martin (1993). Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-century French Thought. University of California Press. p. 632. ISBN 0520088859. 
  2. ^ Stevens, Christa (1999). "L'histoire solaire du sujet". L'écriture solaire d'Hélène Cixous: Travail du texte et histoires du sujet dans Portrait du soleil (in French). Amsterdam [u.a.]: Rodopi. pp. 81–83. ISBN 978-90-420-0744-4. 
  3. ^ Hegarty, Paul (2000). Georges Bataille: Core cultural theorist. London: Sage Publications Ltd. pp. 67–68. ISBN 978-0-7619-6078-2.