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An Approach to Communism (Needs, Values)
Refusal
The Essential Perversion
[Manifesto of the 121]
Update
[The Declaration . . . is not a protest manifesto]
[For us, the first fact]
[It is as a writer]
[Interrogation with the judge]
[Questioned by the judge]
[First I would like to say]
[Maurice Blanchot to Jean-Paul Sartre]
Letters from the Revue internationale
[The gravity of the project]
IV. Memorandum on the ‘‘Course of Things’’
V. Course of Things
The Course of the World
The Conquest of Space
Berlin
[The solidarity that we assert here]
[A government does not govern]
[Letter to a representative of Yugoslav radio-television]
[The possible characteristics]
In A State of War
Affirming the Rupture
[Political Death] 89
[Today]
[Political death]
[The streets]
[Communism without heirs]
Letter to Ilija Bojovic 95
Letter to Ilija Bojovic
[That the immense constraint] 97
[That the immense constraint]
[Exemplary acts]
[Two characteristic innovations] 99
[Two characteristic innovations]
[A rupture in time: revolution]
[For Comrade Castro]
[Ideological surrender]
[Clandestine resistance out in the open]
[Reading Marx]
On the Movement
Refusing the Established Order
Thinking the Apocalypse
Do Not Forget
Yes, Silence Is Necessary for Writing
‘‘Factory-Excess,’’ or Infinity in Pieces
In the Night That Is Watched Over
For Friendship
Our Clandestine Companion
The Ascendant Word; or, Are We Still Worthy of Poetry?
Encounters (On the Resistance and May 68)
Peace, Peace Far and Near
Letter to Blandine Jeanson
Our Responsibility (On Nelson Mandela)
What Is Closest to Me
Writing Committed to Silence
notes
index of names
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Political Writings, 1953-1993

Political Writings, 1953-1993

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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 political stances Blanchot adopts are always complicated by the possibility that political thought remains forever to be discovered. He reminds us throughout his writings both how facile and how hard it is to refuse established forms of authority.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.When read together, these pieces form a testament to what political writing could be: not merely writing about the political or politicizing the written word, but unalterably transforming the singular authority of the writer and his signature.
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 political stances Blanchot adopts are always complicated by the possibility that political thought remains forever to be discovered. He reminds us throughout his writings both how facile and how hard it is to refuse established forms of authority.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.When read together, these pieces form a testament to what political writing could be: not merely writing about the political or politicizing the written word, but unalterably transforming the singular authority of the writer and his signature.

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