Biography and Intellectual Itinerary a. His family was conservative and Catholic; his father encouraged Blanchot and his siblings to practice Latin at the kitchen-table. Blanchot studied Philosophy and German at the University of Strasbourg, which at the time boasted one of the most extensive libraries in France. It was here, around or , that Blanchot first met Emmanuel Levinas, and the two became life-long friends.
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Jan 18, Jason rated it it was amazing A man and a woman alone in a room. This is the staging ground. A lot of the talk is about waiting. It is hard not to think about Beckett. Two people in a room. Talk of waiting.
Language of weaponized poeticophilosophical malignancy. Of whom Blanchot often thought and about whom he often wrote. Maybe I should have been A man and a woman alone in a room. Language is the subject. Or the main subject. There is also the dalliance. It is not just language itself that provokes rhapsody regarding itself. There is also the man and the woman in a room. Coming at one another.
Wrapped up in one another, enmeshed in words. Words that reach. Words the ever fail. Words that eddy into oblivion or swallow their own tails. Forgetting, presence, death, speaking. Not just waiting, then. I mean the firecracker sentences the go off here and there.
My favourite, near the end of the book; a piece of dialogue: "You attracted me in the midst of things to say. You are also going to think of Nietzsche. There is the active forgetting, for one. But more importantly: the sense that these characters-who-are-not-even-characters are blank staging grounds for forces. These forces are, of course, things of language.
I think I am going to set this book atop my toilet tank and read fragments of it here and there for eternity. Oh yeah. Eternity comes up too. Biraz da oksimoron.
Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003)
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