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978-0-8032-6077-1 / 0803260776

The Writing of the Disaster

by Blanchot, Maurice

Publisher:University of Nebraska Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the centuryworld wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaustgrief, 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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