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 (1907-2003) - writer, critic, and journalist - was one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature and thought. Michael Holland is a Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. He is the author of The Blanchot Reader and of numerous studies...
Title:A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:February 1, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823267261

ISBN - 13:9780823267262

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How did Maurice Blanchot transform himself from journeyman reviewer to the theorist of narrative whose work transformed the intellectual landscape of the postwar era? This collection of reviews from a single, harrowing year, 1943, provides answers. Expertly introduced, annotated, and translated by leading Blanchot scholar Michael Holland, A World in Ruins provides a unique entry into making of literature under Nazi occupation.