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By Maurice Blanchot

ISBN-10: 079148047X

ISBN-13: 9780791480472

Reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.”

A Voice from in different places represents certainly one of Maurice Blanchot’s most vital reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.” The essays the following endure down at the necessity and impossibility of witnessing what literature transmits, and—like Beckett and Kafka—on what one may perhaps name the “default” of language, the tenuous border that binds writing and silence to one another. as well as issues of René Char, Paul Celan, and Michel Foucault, Blanchot bargains a sustained stumble upon with the poems of Louis-René des Forêts and, all through, a special and critical focus on music—on the lyre and the lyric, meter and measure—which poetry specifically brings earlier than us.

“This welcome new quantity, superbly translated, is an important addition to our library of Blanchot in English.” — Lydia Davis

“Maurice Blanchot committed himself to what Henry James referred to as ‘the strangeness within the strangeness.’ A Voice from in different places speaks of what's irreducibly unusual in poetry and philosophy in a language of calm simplicity. those more often than not past due items through a author and philosopher of the 1st rank are as piercing as they're deeply moving.” — Kevin Hart

“And if the voice from somewhere else was once the poet’s voice? it truly is this speculation Blanchot checks ‘with obstinate rigor’ during this publication. the sort of language is largely prophetic, yet purely within the experience that ‘[i]t exhibits the long run, since it doesn't but communicate: … discovering its which means and legitimacy in basic terms prior to itself.’ this is often luminous Blanchot, rendered luminously via Charlotte Mandell, his most sensible, such a lot elegantly literate translator.” — Pierre Joris

“Here is a quantity of Maurice Blanchot’s commentaries on poems via Louis-René des Forêts, René Char, and Paul Celan, with his celebrated account of Michel Foucault’s œuvre. In each one case Blanchot unearths himself obsessed via ‘a voice from elsewhere’—a voice that's right now intimate, wordless, and uninhabited: l. a. voix de personne, no-one’s voice. those commentaries, fantastically translated by means of Charlotte Mandell, are themselves constituted by way of this voice, a natural reverberation that readers of Blanchot’s writings don't have forgotten. they'll say: so right here he's, if he ever was.” ― Gerald L. Bruns

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6 Serres’s The Natural Contract (1990), anticipating some of the questions of the Anthropocene, ends with a rhapsodic, meditative section concerning images of the Earth from space. The Earth appears as: The largest apple. The most beautiful sphere or turbulent ball. The most ravishing boat, our caravel new and eternal. The fastest shuttle. The most gigantic rocket. The greatest spaceship. The densest forest. The most enormous rock. The most comfortable refuge. The most mobile statue. The complete clod of earth open at our feet, steaming.

Html 12 Anders, quoted in Denis Cosgrove, ‘Contested Global Visions’, 284. 13 The Infinite Conversation, trans. Susan Hanson (Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press, 1993), 5–6. 14 ‘Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of Soil’, Executive Producer Jacqueline Smith, BBC 4, 17 April, 2014. 15 The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction (Albany, NY: SUNY, 2005), 167.

5 This is the planet as the human archive, foundation of all cultural memory, the fragile material matrix of all inscription, self-relation and commemoration. Again, the Earth is read solely as an index of the human (‘That’s us’), but one now collapsed towards an impossible experience of overload, in which we are forced to imagine everything about human life at once and at the one site – the myriad incommensurable horizons shrinking down upon each other to a point, like water down a plughole.

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