The Infinite Conversation

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U of Minnesota Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 471 pages
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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.

"Blanchot waits for us still to come, to be read and reread. . . I would say that never as much as today have I pictured him so far ahead of us." Jacques Derrida
 

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Published in France in 1969, this substantial addition to the "Theory and History of Literature'' series could more readily be described as philosophy. Blanchot, a noted French literary critic who is ... Read full review

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XVII - tomorrow at stake

Contents

n The Most Profound Question
11
ffl Speaking Is Not Seeing
25
The Great Refusal
33
Knowledge of the Unknown
49
Keeping to Words
59
The Relation of the Third Kind man without horizon
66
Interruption as on a Riemann surface
75
Heraclitus
85
The Speech of Analysis
230
Everyday Speech
238
Atheism and Writing Humanism and the Cry
246
The Exigency of Return
264
The Final Work
285
n Cruel Poetic Reason the rapacious need for flight
293
The Fragment Word
307
Forgetful Memory
314

Measure the Suppliant
93
The Indestructible
123
Reflections on Nihilism
136
VH Reflections on Hell
171
Forgetting Unreason
194
The LimitExperience
202
Wittgensteins Problem
332
A rose is a rose
339
Notes
437
Index
465
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Maurice Blanchot is a French critic, theorist, and novelist and the author of numerous works, including Death Sentence, Friendship, The Writing of Disaster, and Awaiting Oblivion.

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