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Station Hill Blanchot Reader

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A major collection of writings from one of the most important twentieth century French authors, "The Blanchot Reader" includes six works of fiction ("Death Sentence, The Madness of the Day, When the Time Comes, Vicious Circles, Thomas the Obscure", and "The One Who Was Standing Apart from Me") and extended selections of critical and philosophical essays from his major book ...more
Paperback, 554 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Barrytown Limited
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Alex Obrigewitsch
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This text is amazing. Being made up of the majority of Blanchot's récits, as well as a few essays, this is a great place to start wih Blanchot (if you haven't started reading Blanchot then do so as soon as possible), as well as a nice collection of texts for those already interested in Blanchot's writing.
I'm not going to get into Blanchot's writings or thoughts here. Just know that his writing is special, it will change you and your reading.
Get this, and let it consume you.
Anthologies are often disappointing, it seems... however, this one seems fairly solid. The literary theory portion of the book is consistently incisive, smart, and prescient, especially the essay "Literature and the Right to Death." Shit's proto-deconstructivist, kinda phenomenological, and generally dope. The fiction, however, seemed a bit lacking. With the notable, unsettling exception of "Thomas the Obscure," I found most of it pretty boring. That said, the nonfiction side and the highlights ...more
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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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