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Maurice Blanchot Political Writings, 1958-1993 (Paperback)

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"This Selection Of Essays Provides Rich Insights Into The Way One Of France's Leading Writers Interpreted And Related to The Political History Of His Country in The Decades Following The Second World War."

Maurice Blanchot is a towering yet enigmatic figure in twentieth-century French thought. A lifelong friend of Levinas, he had a major influence on Foucault, Derrida, Nancy, and many others. Both his fiction and his criticism played a determining role in how postwar French philosophy was written, especially in its intense concern with the question of writing as such. Never an academic, he published most of his critical work in periodicals and led a highly private life. Yet his writing included an often underestimated public and political dimension.

This posthumously published volume collects his political writings from 1953 to 1993, from the French-Algerian War and the mass movements of May 1968 to postwar debates about the Shoah and beyond. A large number of the essays, letters, and fragments it contains were written anonymously and signed collectively, often in response to current events. The extensive editorial work done for the original French edition makes a major contribution to our understanding of Blanchot's work.

The topics he addresses range from the right to insubordination in the French-Algerian War to the construction of the Berlin Wall and repression in Eastern Europe; from the mass movements of 1968 to personal responses to revelations about Heidegger, Levinas, and Robert Antelme, among others.

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Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823229987
SKU 211296430
Format Paperback
ISBN10 082322998X
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0200
Publisher Fordham University Press
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