Desperate Clarity: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1942

Desperate Clarity: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1942


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These articles gradually outline a practical project that both looks back to the radical artistic doctrines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and anticipates the most original developments in the postwar era, among writers such as Robbe-Grillet, Butor, Sarraute, and Duras, not to mention Blanchot himself. In addition Blanchot is receptive in his weekly column to the extraordinarily wide range of original writing and thinking that was produced during the dark years of occupation, in areas such as psychology, anthropology, ancient history, linguistics, and philosophy. A highly original doctrine of writing can be seen to develop in which, thanks to the desperate clarity with which Blanchot’s mind accepts and advances into what he sees as absolute and irrevocable disaster, thought is carefully and systematically deflected away from any sort of nihilism, thanks to a new relationship between reason, with its unitary subject, and the otherness to which imagination offers access.

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ISBN-13: 9780823251001
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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 Michael Holland 1

From the Middle Ages to Symbolism 15

A Novel by Colette 21

Bergson and Symbolism 28

Tales and Stories 32

The Politics of Sainte-Beuve 38

Stories of Childhood 45

Jean Giono's Destiny 51

The Revelation of Dante 58

Three Novels 64

After Dangerous Liaisons 71

The Misfortunes of Duranty 78

Realism's Chances 85

Jupiter, Mars, Quirinus 92

In the Land of Magic 99

Ghost Story 106

A User's Guide to Montherlant 114

Considerations on the Hero 122

"The Finest Romantic Book" 130

That Infernal Affair 137

Vigils of the Mind 144

Fire, Water, and Dreams 152

The Memory of Maupassant 159

Unknown Romantics 167

Refuges by Léon-Paul Fargue 175

Poetic Works 182

Bad Thoughts by Paul Valéry 188

New Novels 196

From Taine to M. Pesquidoux 203

Notes 211

Index 225

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