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 the following undergo down at the necessity and impossibility of witnessing what literature transmits, and—like Beckett and Kafka—on what one may well 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 bargains a sustained come upon with the poems of Louis-René des Forêts and, all through, a distinct and significant focus on music—on the lyre and the lyric, meter and measure—which poetry particularly brings earlier than us.
“This welcome new quantity, superbly translated, is a necessary addition to our library of Blanchot in English.” — Lydia Davis
“Maurice Blanchot committed himself to what Henry James known as ‘the strangeness within the strangeness.’ A Voice from in other places speaks of what's irreducibly unusual in poetry and philosophy in a language of calm simplicity. those commonly overdue items by way of a author and philosopher of the 1st rank are as piercing as they're deeply moving.” — Kevin Hart
“And if the voice from in different places was once the poet’s voice? it really is this speculation Blanchot assessments ‘with obstinate rigor’ during this ebook. this kind of language is basically prophetic, yet basically within the experience that ‘[i]t shows the long run, since it doesn't but converse: … discovering its that means and legitimacy purely sooner than itself.’ this is often luminous Blanchot, rendered luminously by means of Charlotte Mandell, his most sensible, so much elegantly literate translator.” — Pierre Joris
“Here is a quantity of Maurice Blanchot’s commentaries on poems by means of 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 by means of ‘a voice from elsewhere’—a voice that's straight away intimate, wordless, and uninhabited: l. a. voix de personne, no-one’s voice. those commentaries, beautifully translated by means of Charlotte Mandell, are themselves constituted via this voice, a natural reverberation that readers of Blanchot’s writings do not need forgotten. they are going to say: so right here he's, if he ever was.” ― Gerald L. Bruns
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A Voice From Elsewhere (Suny Series, Insinuations Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Literature) by Maurice Blanchot