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Maurice Blanchot
(1907-2003) born on
Sep 22
French writer, philosopher,literary theorist. His best-known fictional works are Thomas the Obscure, an unsettlingly abstract novel about the experience of reading and loss; Death Sentence; Aminadab and The Most High about a bureaucrat in a totalitarian state.
         
   
F
Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud.

R
There is between sleep and us something like a pact, a treaty with no secret clauses, and . . . it is agreed that, far from being a dangerous, bewitching force, sleep will become domesticated and serve as an instrument of our power.
A
To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking --and since it cannot, in order to become its echo I have, in a way, to silence it. I bring to this incessant speech the decisiveness, the authority of my own silence.
N
The Journal is not essentially a confession, a story about oneself. It is a Memorial. What does the writer have to remember? Himself, who he is when he is not writing, when he is living his daily life, when he is alive and real, and not dying . . .
K
A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Reading," in "The Space of Literature;" 1955; repr. in "The Gaze of Orpheus," ed. P. Adams Sitney, 1981.
R: "The Space of Literature," Appendices, "Sleep, Night," 1955; tr. 1982.
A: "The Essential Solitude," in "The Space of Literature;" 1955; repr. in "The Gaze of Orpheus," ed. P. Adams Sitney, 1981.
N: "The Essential Solitude," in "The Space of Literature;" 1955; repr. in "The Gaze of Orpheus," ed. P. Adams Sitney, 1981.
K: "The Essential Solitude," in "The Space of Literature;" 1955; repr. in "The Gaze of Orpheus," ed. P. Adams Sitney, 1981.
   


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