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Infinite Conversation (Theory and History of Literature) [Maurice Blanchot] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this landmark volume. The infinite conversation / Maurice Blanchot ; translation and foreword by edge, and, finally, the turning point of an infinite crisis – for us to begin to under-. The Infinite Conversation has ratings and 6 reviews. Michael said: im guessing your already here because this is your thing. or at least searching ou.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this landmark volume, Blanchot sustains a dialogue with a number of thinkers whose contributions have marked turning points in the history of Western thought and have influenced virtually all the themes that inflect the contemporary literary and philosophical debate today.

I would say that never as much as today have I pictured him so far ahead of us. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Space of Literature.

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Please try again later. I have read this book all the way through the final page, but I am far from done with it. I will never be done with it.

For, as Blanchot says, “The book: I protest, but not because Blanchot is not a mystic, but because the word is thrown out by these erstwhile critics as an epithet. For me a mystic is one of the four figures that are essential for demarcating a human endeavor worthy of the name. Blanchot is a mystic in that his work breaks out of the everyday, the set, commonplace and utilitarian to the “ungraspable ambiguity” that opens onto “being’s inertia,” its foregone onwarding, toward which the human reaches its extremity and its strangely demarcated way.

He is a mystic because he does the work, and places into circulation the precept and precursor on which a course of vibrancy and generativity can take shape. It is not surprising that such a stance and such work escapes the comprehension of many, or that it frightens those who get the words and syntax but cannot place themselves in motion synchronous with Blanchot or Nancy — the two are synchronous and syncopate, without repeating together.


This book publishes late writings in Blanchot’s career. They are crisp and without exposition in casting out into word-forms what always exceeds these words, always originates what words ihfinite into play. I call this a “destinational comprehension: If Blanchot is anti-Semetic — another charge vehemently protested by Nancy — he is one in the way of Moses, shattering the tablets of what beckons to become law in order to form unfinite new people who then seek out a new law, one of generative ventures into the art work: Cconversation opposes any and all rigid formulation as having any value for generative human life.

He writes as a Jew, always venerating the Exodus, reaching out even into the desert, toward that destination that cannot be reached, Hearing O Israel that word that is never comprehended. Calling Blanchot a “critic” or “social commentator” is like calling Frank Lloyd Wright a home builder. Blanchot is marking out new dimensions of human capability, right in the heart, as Nancy might say, of the most strident and difficult, the most obscure and ambiguous of human endeavors.

His company — Bataille, Sade, Nietzsche right in the middle of the workMallarme throughout the workRimbaud, Kafka and Mann among others — bespeaks of the courage of this journey for all involved. Hegel forms the backdrop and foil, and Heidegger’s shadow looms silently over the the work.

The paradox of the work is that while extolling speech, it inscribes what is only now becoming writable — though his efforts, and the efforts of his companions, Nancy, Foucault, even Deleuze.

But written, these words stand not just for affect, but to set in motion a new encounter that offers a return and a new gathering, and not just once, but as a way, a as a demarcating of a re-envisioned human endeavor the exigency set before us after the 20th century’s catastrophes of wars, holocaust and self-satisfied ignorance, bigotry and power grabs.

The book amazes me. It may be the one that I rescue from the fire. It shows the benefit of keeping good company, and since a book cannot refuse the company that enters its sway, I will keep company with it. Blanchot has never been less important as a writer and thinker. He writes in a “fragmentary” style, one which actively resists ideology.

What can I say I’ve learned from Blanchot? What reasons can I give you to read Blanchot? It’s all very uncertain. If I’ve donversation anything from him, it’s probably from the kind of atmosphere, the vapors that his writings give off.

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There is something inalienably irrelevent to these writings. They’re just a bunch of crap written down by this “nobody”, a shadow of a person, who will at best be remembered as one of the forefathers of the holey Jacques Derrida.

This is not “respectable academic philosophy”, this is the writing of an outsider. But neither infinihe this lazy writing. Blanchot does not take the “easy way out”. He is very challenging and disciplined. He has pioneered a very strange style which slips through the fingers the more it is grasped at. He was a writer for the obscured and forgotten. He spoke blanchkt, in a very strange and quiet way, for all of those things that elude our grasp, not because of their profundity, but because of their irrelevance.


He does not seek to restore relevance to these things, to shine an overpowering light upon them, but rather to let them live on in their forgottenness. Yes, there is something eerie about Blanchot. To read his work feels not unlike listening to the whisperings of a ghost. These words are quickly forgotten what was their “purpose” anyway? By the above I don’t mean to imply that Blanchot’s works are not coherent or that they don’t merit reading. I think Blanchot is one of the most important writers of this century.

His work is far more significant than Foucault or Derrida, not to denigrate them or deny the vitality of thier work. In The Infinite Conversation are an extensive collection of essays and dialogues composed by Blanchot over several years and most of them originally published seperately. In this book Blanchot explores in a rigorous and almost orderly fashion “what it would mean for something like literature” to exist.

Starting with the idea of literature he explores, through consideration of literature–Hoderlin, Homer, Kafka, Levinas and others–the vacant center of such concepts as identity, agency and subjectivity. Almost ex nihilo, Blanchot constructs an ethics that asks extraordinary responsibility from us intinite drawing on God, natural law, humanism, or any kind of center. After reading Blanchot, the weight of words weighs heavily.

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