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Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the century—world wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust—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 up Modern history is haunted by the disasters of the century—world wars, concentration camps, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust—grief, anger, terror, and loss beyond words, but still close, still impending.
First published in French init takes up the most serious tasks of writing: 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. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Writing of the Disasterplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Writing of the Disaster. Lists with This Book. No – for the great philosopher thought that to wed her one must first grapple in hand-to-hand combat with Pluto, similarly godlike and no easy match for us mortals. Maurice Blanchot was one who, like Hegel, entered the lists of mortal battle with Night – which he termed The Disaster.
However we may see it – and not as an act of violent terrorism on the news, no matter what the editor of this edition says – but more like the Fall of Man, grim empty Nothingness, or the sudden foreshadowing of our Death, any of which is most likely to visit our sleeping minds in the wee small hours of the morning, it can be unnerving!
It often appears in key moments of our lives, immovable and unconquerable. Blanchot, on the other hand, considers it eminently workable. In this book he considers stretching the line of an evidently symbolic circle flat out on a horizontal plane Most people’s circles would snap right back into shape! Matthew Arnold once saw the ideal writer as one who “sees life steadily and sees it whole. He sees life as a million jagged, broken fragments of a mirror.
And Empty to boot. The knights who sought the Holy Grail having finally to spend a night – the ultimate test before victory – in the brooding, haunted Chapel Perilous Or the theories of Jung, saying that the final ordeal we must face in order to become whole is to face our own dark inner Shadow But Blanchot bravely – or is it foolhardily?
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What we DO know is he seems to have continued in these dark efforts till the end – and inspired several whole generations of worried post-war existentialists, structuralists and postmodernists to start dismantling the sacred cows of our Western civilization! And many of them became food for the Minotaur – alas. It was probably just the unquiet ghost of old Maurice Blanchot rattling his chains, off in the distance!
View all 11 comments. Apr 19, Jonfaith rated it liked it Shelves: Forgiveness accuses before it forgives.
By accusing, by stating the injury, it makes the wrong irredeemable. It carries the blow all the way to culpability. Thus, all becomes irrepairable; giving and forgiving cease to be possible. I found this collection an errant scattering of rather profound poetry. It may also be a sustained meditation on disaster, writing and loss, but I was unable to locate any connective tissue.
I read this on a lovely spring day, most of such in an IKEA parking lot. It was wonderful to read a few lines and then ponder the resonance while gazing upon the blue sky. Blanchot appears intrigued by certain stances of Nietzsche and Celan. This interest is manifested in a half dozen lines. May 30, Aziz rated it it was amazing. Aug 12, Azarin rated it it was amazing. Breathtaking prose, intelligent writing, one of the best philosophical texts I’ve ever read.
I have also read his work in French and I have to say that the English translation never reaches the beauty and the depth of the oroginal prose. The poetry of Blanchot’s prose is lost in translation but the poetry of his thoughts seems to have survived the shock of this transforamation.
This book is about writing the disaster but also about the agony of writing. Nov 20, Sofia rated it really liked it Shelves: Somewhat unconvincing when it comes to reconciliation of writing with being, but my copy, finally read with a clear-ish head, now looks like an accordion for all the quotes.
Read the work of Jeff Jackson to see this played out narrativistically. Jan 28, Ian rated it it was amazing.
The Writing of the Disaster
I can’t say that I’m usually a huge fan of philosophical texts; I figured I was taking a gamble by picking this one up. A philosophical theory book written in fragments that deals with the holocaust?
Not usually my thing. The first few pages I was just mystified; they seemed blwnchot of wilfully contradictory phrases about the other, about truth, about literature and death, concepts I understood in my own language but which this book was not making clear how I should interpret.
After I got into the sw I can’t say that I’m usually a huge fan of philosophical texts; I figured I was taking a gamble by picking this one up. After I got into the swing of its vocabulary, blandhot, I was swept away in its philosophical power. Some say theorizing is just a way to avoid confronting how little we control in the universe. Maybe dessatre true, even though this theory seemed concerned mainly with showing us how little control we have, and how fragmented our existence is.
The organization—fair for a book about traumatized writing in fragments—is hard to follow at times, but most of the fragments, if arbitrary, are dazzling, even dazzlingly beautiful in their demistifying quality. Some on writing, some on existence, some on death, some on the need for a God; the ones I understood I almost universally loved. I found myself in the midst of endless pleasure as I read this book, as difficult as it was.
A few choice quotes: It is not the arbitrariness that is surprising here, but on the contrary, the mimetic effort, the semblance of analogy, the appeal to a doubtful body of knowledge that makes us the dupes of a kind of transhistorical necessity. But this “task” cannot be limited, as he would have it, to the job of exhausting life—causing life, through the constant renewal of desire, to be lived completely.
The understanding is regulated madness. Men who have no madness in them are men whose understanding is void and sterile. This is a must-read! The language is used, abused and twisted around in this lovely book. All while dealing with important questions actualized by the Holocaust, but always already there about violence and where the words end. It has got a therapeutic effect on you, pouring out uncomfort from the text to you as a reader.
But at the same time, it is far from soothing, it is angry and aggressively searching for the words that can’t really get a grip of the human complex – that of why and that we This is a must-read! But at the same time, it is far from soothing, it is angry and aggressively searching for the words that can’t really get a grip of the human complex – that of why and that we will die, go back into endless passivity. This is also what is good – although the piece of writing is of this disaster, it is also about its limit.
From this comes the power of writing and reading. Dec 03, Eugen rated it it was amazing. This book is a meditation, not a philosophical argument. The argument may commence once the book has been read, of course. Aug 19, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m reading this obsessively as I work on a long poem. In a sense, the strangest writing “how-to” book ever written. Oct 08, Michael A. The explosion of a book may be the disaster.
How do you write about the disaster, the “void of the sky,” “a deferred death” when it “ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.
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It does not touch anyone On some of my book reviews of his before, I remember saying something like “everyone knows some horrible secret, but won’t tell anyone” but I do “There is no explosion but a book”, Mallarme said.
On some of my book reviews of his before, I remember saying something like “everyone knows some horrible secret, but won’t tell anyone” but I don’t think it’s really like that: I believe Blanchot posits literature is without a center in his masterpiece “The Space of Literature”. In this book he perhaps demonstrates that literature is an agonizing passivity without anything to it at all paradoxical when it’s being communicated through language, of course, but that’s Blanchot. The Writing of the Disaster is the explosion that ruins everything, while leaving everything intact, touching no one in particular Mar 10, James rated it really liked it.
Entre el aforismo y el ensayo, Blanchot reflexiona sobre el lenguaje. Una y otra vez, en cada frase el lenguaje es desarmado y rearmado.