This choice of 29 serious essays and stories on paintings, politics, literature, and philosophy files the big variety of Blanchot's pursuits, from the enigmatic work within the Lascaux caves to the atomic period. Essays are dedicated to works of fiction (Louis-René des Forêts, Pierre Klossowski, Roger Laporte, Marguerite Duras), to autobiographies or stories (Michel Leiris, Robert Antelme, André Gorz, Franz Kafka), or to authors who're greater than ever modern (Jean Paulhan, Albert Camus).
Several essays specialise in questions of Judaism, as expressed within the works of Edmond Jabès, Emmanuel Levinas, and Martin Buber. one of the different themes coated are André Malraux's "imaginary museum," the Pléiade Encyclopedia venture of Raymond Queneau, paperback publishing, the paintings of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Benjamin's "Task of the Translator," Marx and communism, writings at the Holocaust, and the adaptation among artwork and writing. The booklet concludes with an eloquent invocation to friendship at the get together of the dying of Georges Bataille.
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