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The One Who Is Standing Apart from Me Maurice Blanchot

The One Who Is Standing Apart from Me

Maurice Blanchot

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ISBN : 9780882681511
Paperback
93 pages
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Fiction. Translated from the French by Lydia Davis. This work takes the form of a conversation, an interview. An obsessive questioning back and forth builds up Blanchots narrative, with its sense--shared with Kafkas famous doorkeeperMoreFiction. Translated from the French by Lydia Davis. This work takes the form of a conversation, an interview. An obsessive questioning back and forth builds up Blanchots narrative, with its sense--shared with Kafkas famous doorkeeper parable--that behind each question lies the spooky possibility of a further, more imposing, more insoluble question. Thematically, powerlessness, inertia, insufficient speech, weariness, falling, faltering--everything tied to a negative or nonexistent value in ordinary discourse--is given value here by its being articulated, moved into writing and thought. Whats insignificant or worthless gathers weight through its troubling persistence, its failure to disappear. The endless conversation of Blanchots writing turns fiction toward an experience of listening--a far cry from the storytelling most fiction (still) takes itself to be.