of Aminadab, Jean-Paul Sartre reports that Blanchot claimed not to have read Kafka when he wrote the novel; but of course Sartre doesn’t fall for this ruse and. Maurice Blanchot was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong . Thomas l’Obscur, (Thomas the Obscure); Aminadab, ; L’Arrêt de mort, (Death Sentence); Le Très-Haut, (The Most High). Blanchot (b. ) is a mordant intellectual akin to the late Thomas Bernhard, Beckett, and Kafka, whose increasingly spare fictions (Awaiting.

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Published in Vichy France, Blanchot’s second novel is a suitably constricted affair: Many of Blanchot’s principal translators into English established reputations as prose stylists and poets in their own right; some of the more well-known include Lydia DavisPaul Austerand Pierre Joris. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Blanchot wrote more than thirty works of fiction, literary criticism, and philosophy.


We do not know where he comes from, nor why he persists in reaching the woman who has signaled to him. Following a glimpse of a gesture through a window that he interprets as an invitation, Thomas a protagonist as viewpoint practically without context is drawn aminwdab the cryptic, shifting spaces of an indecipherable boarding house.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Although Thomas is constantly reassured that he can leave the building, he seems to be separated forever from the world he has left behind. Bridget rated it liked it Nov 20, Jeff Fort, aminaxab his translator’s introduction, describes Aminadab as an allegory.

U of Nebraska, As the translator observes, Thomas is on a quest that gives a surprisingly strong narative center to the book, a,inadab particulars of the endless, labyrinthine house that seems to encompass a complete universe appeals to the Borges-craving parts of my brain.


Yet for fifty years he remained a consistent champion of modern literature and its tradition in French letters.

The novel certainly can be described as allegorical, but once again, allegorical of what exactly is a matter of perspective. The story consists of Thomas’s frustrated attempts to clarify nlanchot status as a resident in the building and his misguided interactions with the cast of sickly, depraved, or in some way deformed characters he meets, none of them ever quite what they seem to be.

Maurice Blanchot

The discourses are concrete ones, about officialdom, what the officials do and how one gets an in with them. The neuter was coming, the book was coming. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

His Literature and the Right to Death shows the influence that Heidegger had on a whole generation of French intellectuals. As it was, I mostly just found it tedious – much like the only bk I’ve read by Michel Butor. This is possible because Aminadab bears a consistent narrative, rather than the series of discrete episodes in Thomas l’Obscurand as a result Blanchot is able for the first time to develop a narrative whose structure and space are fully integrated.

What is perhaps most profoundly significant about Maurice Blanchot’s writings, both fictional and critical, is that they appear to harbour a mode of ontological thought that arises from outside philosophy.

: Aminadab (French Modernist Library) (): Maurice Blanchot, Jeff Fort: Books

Literary language, therefore, is a double negation, both of aminaadab thing and the idea. Fred Katyn rated it it was amazing May 14, Laci rated it really liked it Dec 13, But the pleasure he took in observing was all the greater. View all 6 comments. Aminadab, the man who according to legend guards the entrance to the building’s underground spaces, is only one of the mysteries reified by the rumors circulating among the residents.


Maurice Blanchot – Wikipedia

Unlike Heidegger, Blanchot rejects the possibility of an authentic relation to death, because he rejects the possibility of death, that is to say of the individual’s experience of death. No trivia or quizzes yet. You may have to order it, either through a local indie store, chain, or at the Amazon.

On the other hand, Blanchot’s own literary works, like the famous Thomas the Obscureheavily influenced Levinas’s and Bataille’s ideas about the possibility that our vision of reality is blurred because of the use of words thus making everything you perceive automatically as abstract as words are [ citation needed ].

In fact, the book might be read several times from several different angles, allowing one to learn different things. Email required Address never made public. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There are no missing chapters or scenes, so the confusion caused by the narrative is entirely the author’s design. But while Blanchot is operating on a similar level as these books FK was one of his strongest influenceshis scope of concern feels magnified one thousandfold.