A Voice From Elsewhere (Suny Series, Insinuations by Maurice Blanchot

By Maurice Blanchot

Reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.”

A Voice from in different places represents considered one of Maurice Blanchot’s most crucial reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.” The essays right here endure down at the necessity and impossibility of witnessing what literature transmits, and—like Beckett and Kafka—on what one may 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 deals a sustained come upon with the poems of Louis-René des Forêts and, all through, a different and significant focus on music—on the lyre and the lyric, meter and measure—which poetry specifically brings sooner than us.

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

“Maurice Blanchot dedicated himself to what Henry James referred to as ‘the strangeness within the strangeness.’ A Voice from somewhere else speaks of what's irreducibly unusual in poetry and philosophy in a language of calm simplicity. those normally 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 used to be the poet’s voice? it's this speculation Blanchot assessments ‘with obstinate rigor’ during this e-book. the sort of language is largely prophetic, yet basically within the feel that ‘[i]t exhibits the long run, since it doesn't but communicate: … discovering its which means and legitimacy in simple terms sooner than itself.’ this can be luminous Blanchot, rendered luminously by means of Charlotte Mandell, his top, 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 every one case Blanchot reveals 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, beautifully translated by way of Charlotte Mandell, are themselves constituted through this voice, a natural reverberation that readers of Blanchot’s writings should not have forgotten. they're going to say: so right here he's, if he ever was.” ― Gerald L. Bruns

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For some, my readings may appear eccentric, but this ‘ec-centricity’ is deliberate, a gesture designed to make us aware of issues too easily suppressed. (Crawford, 1992:6) Crawford’s application of the post-colonial perspective to Scottish literature is symptomatic of the separatist trend reinforced by the possibility of the establishment of an independent North Sea oil-based economy, a separatist trend strong enough to be recognised politically as one of the planks in the platform giving access to No.

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