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Maurice Blanchot, the eminent literary and cultural critic, has had a vast influence on contemporary French writers—among them Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Derrida. From the 1930s through the present day, his writings have been shaping the international literary consciousness. The Space of Literature, first published in France in 1955, is central to the development of Blanchot's thou ...more
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Published December 1st 1989 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1955)
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Nina
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 conc
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2019 sudah hampir separuh berjalan. Belum ada satu pun buku yang selesai saya baca tahun ini. Di tahun lalu kira-kira saya hanya menamatkan sembilan atau sepuluh buku. Minat baca saya tidak berkurang, hanya rasanya membaca dan melihat-lihat timeline medsos lebih menghibur saat ini, alih-alih membaca buku. Agaknya tahun ini saya tidak akan menyelesaikan buku apa pun. Biarlah buku-buku yang sedang saya baca menjadi semacam unfinished business di hari-hari yang akan tiba.

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Alex Obrigewitsch
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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)
Nicholas Mennuti
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Joe
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 u
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steffi
I am always reading this book...the writing of the "constellations of doubt" - writing as close as possible to the desire for language itself.
Richard
Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Socrates, a man I deeply respect, hated sophists. But then again, he never read Blanchot.
Gerardo

A ces jours, je n’ai jamais lu un livre de critique littéraire qui se soit inspiré de façon si profonde à l’existentialisme de Heidegger.
La poésie, c'est-à-dire l’art de créer à travers la langue, est en contact avec le néant, donc la mort. Mais, cela n’est pas une chose négative, parce que c’est dans le néant que le poète peut être libre. En effet, n’etant plus lié aux contraintes du réel, l’homme peut fonder son propre monde. En plus, dans le monde né de la reflexion de l’écrivain les objets
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Walter
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ainda que minha experiência lendo livros sobre teoria literária seja mediana, posso afirmar que O Espaço Literário é o mais distinto de quantos passaram pela minhas mãos. Imagine-se Clarice Lispector escrevendo uma obra de teoria literária? Pois bem, existe e se chama Maurice Blanchot.

Isto não é uma crítica, ainda que, em algumas ocasiões senti que o autor se recria em excesso para, às vezes, na minha opinião, só dar mais preciosismo ao texto. Contudo, falar de poesia e de literatura
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Michael A.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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challenging in more ways than one
Мélanie M. מלאני
Blanchot et moi: une nouvelle histoire d'amour!
Darina
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Don Socha
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very significant with regard to thoughts on Blasé or distinctions between words and things (See Foucault's _The Order of Things_.
Open Books
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written analysis of the phenomenon that is so important to all of us here.
lisa_emily
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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?
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Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Confuso no começo, esclarecedor no final.
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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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Maurice Blanchot (September 22, 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
“There is between sleep and us something like a pact, a treaty with no secret clauses, and according to this convention it is agreed that, far from being a dangerous, bewitching force, sleep will become domesticated and serve as an instrument of our power to act. We surrender to sleep, but in the way that the master entrusts himself to the slave who serves him.” 34 likes
“The central point of the work of art is the work as origin, the point which cannot be reached, yet the only one which is worth reaching.” 6 likes
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