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The Writing of the Disaster : L'Ecriture Du Desastre

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< div> Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the century& #8212; world wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust& #8212; grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending. How can we write or think about disaster when by its very nature it defies speech and compels silence, burns books and shatters meaning?< br> < br> < br> < br> < i> The Writing of the Disaster< /i> reflects upon efforts to abide in disaster& #8217; s infinite threat. First published in French in 1980, it takes up the most serious tasks of writing: to describe, explain, and redeem when possible, and to admit what is not possible. Neither offers consolation.< br> < br> < br> < br> Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism. The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas once remarked that Blanchot& #8217; s writing is a & #8220; language of pure transcendence, without correlative.& #8221; Literary theorist and critic Geoffrey Hartman remarked that Blanchot& #8217; s influence on contemporary writers & #8220; cannot be overestimated.& #8221; < br> < br> < /div>

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Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the century&#8212;world wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust&#8212;grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending. How can we write or think about disaster when by its very nature it defies speech and compels silence, burns books and shatters meaning?
 
The Writing of the Disaster reflects upon efforts to abide in disasters infinite threat. First published in French in 1980, it takes up the most serious tasks of writing: to describe, explain, and redeem when possible, and to admit what is not possible. Neither offers consolation.
 
Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism. The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas once remarked that Blanchot's writing is a "language of pure transcendence, without correlative." Literary theorist and critic Geoffrey Hartman remarked that Blanchot's influence on contemporary writers "cannot be overestimated."

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [147]-150) and index.

About the Author

Ann Smock is a professor of French at the University of California at Berkeley. She has translated Blanchots The Space of Literature, also available as a Bison Book. Jeffrey Mehlman, a professor of French at Boston University, is the author of many books and articles on twentieth-century France and French literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803261204
Translator:
Smock, Ann
Author:
Smock, Ann
Author:
Blanchot, Maurice
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Blanchot, Maurice
Subject:
Literature -- Philosophy.
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Blanchot, Maurice - Philosophy
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
103-707
Publication Date:
19950531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
153
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.43 lb

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Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the century&#8212;world wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust&#8212;grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending. How can we write or think about disaster when by its very nature it defies speech and compels silence, burns books and shatters meaning?
 
The Writing of the Disaster reflects upon efforts to abide in disasters infinite threat. First published in French in 1980, it takes up the most serious tasks of writing: to describe, explain, and redeem when possible, and to admit what is not possible. Neither offers consolation.
 
Maurice Blanchot has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiction and criticism. The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas once remarked that Blanchot's writing is a "language of pure transcendence, without correlative." Literary theorist and critic Geoffrey Hartman remarked that Blanchot's influence on contemporary writers "cannot be overestimated."
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