A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943 by Maurice BlanchotA World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943 by Maurice Blanchot

A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943

byMaurice Blanchot

Paperback | February 1, 2016

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In certain key respects, 1943 marked a turning point in the war. Increasingly, victory seemed assured. However, the backdrop to this gradually improving situation was one of widespread and unremitting destruction.

In the essays from that year, Blanchot writes from a position of almost total detachment from day-to-day events, now that all of his projects and involvements have come to naught. As he explores and promotes works of literature and ideas, he privileges those with the capacity to sustain a human perspective that does not merely contemplate ruin and disaster but sees them as the occasion for a radical revision of what "human" is capable of signifying.

Consigning all that the name "France" has hitherto meant to him to a past that is now in ruins, Blanchot begins to sketch out a counter-history that is international in nature, and whose human field is literature.

Maurice Blanchot (Author) Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003)-writer, critic, and journalist-was one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature and thought. His books include Thomas the Obscure, The Instant of my Death, The Writing of the Disaster, and The Unavowable Community.Michael Holland (Translator) Michael Holland i...
Title:A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:February 1, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823267261

ISBN - 13:9780823267262

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Writing from one world in ruins to another, Blanchot comes to us today to pose the question of what, if anything, deserves to survive the collapse of an established order of meaning. Through the richness and precision of Michael Holland's presentation of these texts, and the elegance and rigour of his translations, we meet with new understanding one of recent history's most stringent explorations of the possibilities and limitations of thought in the face of disaster. If the now-forgotten subjects of many of these essays might suggest that they have little to say to our present day, Holland helps us to see that nothing could be further from the truth. Blanchot is not writing to us, no doubt. But he is most certainly writing for us.