Thursday, October 18, 2007
Death by a Thousand Cuts
I've kept the image small for the feint of heart. If you click on it you'll see a bigger version. More images can be found here.
The image was sent to Bataille in 1925 by Adrien Borel. 'The torture victim was Fu Chou Li, guilty of murdering Prince Ao Han Ouan. The emperor's leniency granted that he should not be burned as decreed, but cut to pieces, into a hundred pieces: cut up alive. Georges Dumas may have been and Adrien Borel certainly was present at this execution on 10 April 1905, and brought back photographs of it.' (From Surya's biography, p. 93)
I still can't find the bit I paraphrased in class though. I'll keep looking.