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Writing about The Gaze of Orpheus, Geoffrey Hartman suggested that When we come to write the history of criticism for the 1940 to 1980 period, it will be found that Blanchot, together with Sartre, made French 'discourse' possible, both in its relentlessness and its acuity..This selection.is exemplary for its clearly translated and well-chosen excerpts from Blanchot's many ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Station Hill Press
(first published January 1st 1981)
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At times, when I read this book, I stopped reading and said out loud: oh... my fucking God. This is perhaps the best I've ever read about literature. It was my first encounter with Blanchot. Never have I read anything which so intimates at the unspeakable in literature. So I guess there's no more to say in this review.
There is none like Blanchot. The depth and clarity in his work takes you to a place of reading and writing very few have ever been. If you're a writer who wants to explore the intricacies and complexities of reading and writing, Blanchot is the one to do it.
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 ...moreMore about Maurice Blanchot...