A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943

A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823267262
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Maurice Blanchot (Author)
Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003)—writer, critic, and journalist—was one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature and thought. His books include Thomas the Obscure, The Instant of my Death, The Writing of the Disaster, and The Unavowable Community.

Michael Holland (Translator)
Michael Holland is a Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Michael Holland

Nicholas of Cusa
The Correspondence of Madame de Lafayette
The Book
Novels of the Land
Tocqueville's Recollections
Symbolism and the Poets of Today
On Montherlant's Play
The Romance of Marie Dorval and Vigny
Eloquence and Literature
On Jouhandeau's Work
The Thirteen Forms of a Novel
From Praise to Sovereignty
Religious Poetry
French Suite
Hoffman's Fantastic
On the Song of Roland
Kierkegaard and Æsthetics
The Art of the Short Story
Women Novelists of Today
A History of French Literature
The Influence of the American Novel
The Mysticism of Angelus Silesius
Autobiographical Narratives
History and the Masterpiece
A Study of the Apocalypse
La Fontaine Without the Fables
The Pure Novel
The Novel of the Gaze
Tradition and Surrealism
A World in Ruins


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