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The Space of Literature: A Translation of L'Espace Littéraire

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The Space of Literature, first published in France in 1955, is central to the development of Blanchot's thought. In it he reflects on literature and the unique demand it makes upon our attention. Thus he explores the process of reading as well as to nature of artistic creativity, while considering the relation of the literary work to time, to history, and to death. This bo ...more
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Aug 15, 2007 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erez, Audrey, smart people
Shelves: theory
In order to balance out the seven Harry Potter books I have on my page, I realized that I should probably start giving myself credit for all the smart-person reading I've done. It's just...who wants to read a review of theory when they can read a review of Harry Potter...besides Erez?

So, Blanchot is the intersection of the soul into the academy. He is that space that allows for irresonsibility, for anxiety, for the honest shadow that says we only half-know what we are doing. His concept of "Fasc
Shinjini Dey
Are there absolutes other than language in this sentence? Is silence ever heard in art? Do we have time? I dunno, but then again, what do I know?

("Nothing," as Mallarmé says, "will remain unproffered"); everything is word, yet the word is itself no longer anything but the appearance of what has disappeared -- the imaginary, the incessant, and the interminable. This point is ambiguity itself.

Nov 01, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Art and Action (Political)
“Whoever acknowledges effective action in the thick of history as his essential tak cannot prefer artistic action. Art acts poorly and little. It is clear that if Marx had followed the dreams of his youth and written the most beautiful novels in the world, he would have enchanted the world, but he would not have shaken it.” (213)

This as opposed to a pre-enlightenment art which could participate in eternal or sacred time. Desacralized, art can only be utilitarian (part o
Jul 06, 2013 M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, with-me-in-ca
This is a book that, in it’s depth, is simultaneously exciting, frustrating, dense and perfectly clear. It exhibits a verisimilitude. Half the time I had no idea what Blanchot was getting at, which is how one comes to understand that Blanchot is deserving of multiple re-readings, but other parts, specifically when Blanchot was speaking of Mallarmé & “Igitur,” and the letters of Mallarmé that I found fantastic and inspiring. I feel like it’s an important book that uses literature to deal with ...more
“Literarni prostor (L’espace littéraire, 1955) je eno najpomembnejših esejističnih del znanega francoskega romanopisca, literarnega kritika in filozofa Mauricea Blanchota (1907 – 2003). Blanchot je prehodil precej burno politično pot: od pripadnika skrajne desnice in celo antisemitskih pogledov v času med obema vojnama do udeleženca odporniškega gibanja med drugo svetovno vojno, naprotnika vojne v Alžiru in politike generala De Gaula pa vse do simpatizerja upornih ultralevičarskih študentov v ma ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
Anyone who writes or is interested in writing should read this work immediately. It shocks me how little Blanchot is known and discussed (even in academia(and especially outside of france)).
A figure of great thought and importance, dwelling on the margins of society (both physical and intellectual)
Aug 04, 2007 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socrates, a man I deeply respect, hated sophists. But then again, he never read Blanchot.
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Oct 27, 2014 Open Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written analysis of the phenomenon that is so important to all of us here.
Jul 08, 2015 Darina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book about literature as much as about life's challenges: loneliness, death, artmaking, etc. Blanchot's thoughts are dense, rambling and not so clear but a good exercise for the mind. Some of the writers examined here include Kafka, Mallarmé, Dostoevsky, Rilke and Hölderlin.
Nicholas Mennuti
If you ever wanted to understand why all your writer friends are congenitally depressed -- Blanchot knows why. The writing project will almost always be an inevitable failure and you can never truly die. So French it hurts...Just read it.
Mar 26, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, The Space of Literature, did me the great favor of giving me insight into this book: On Wonderland & Waste, by Sandy Florian.
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Jun 10, 2013 Don Socha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very significant with regard to thoughts on Blasé or distinctions between words and things (See Foucault's _The Order of Things_.
Sep 09, 2016 lisa_emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who must find the path with phrases
Blanchot meditates on literature. How can one recount or say what it is about?
Aimee Wilson
Nov 09, 2007 Aimee Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: continental philosophers
don't always agree w/ him.. but he is among the few that stirs me up
Aug 07, 2011 Rodrigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maurice Blanchot (September 27, 1907 – February 20, 2003) was a French pre-war leader of the Young Right, philosopher, literary theorist and writer of fiction. Blanchot was a distinctly modern writer who broke down generic boundaries, particularly between literature and philosophy. He began his career on the political right, but the experience of fascism altered his thinking to the point that he s ...more
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