of Aminadab, Jean-Paul Sartre reports that Blanchot claimed not to have read Kafka when he wrote the novel; but of course Sartre doesn’t fall for this ruse and. Maurice Blanchot was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong . Thomas l’Obscur, (Thomas the Obscure); Aminadab, ; L’Arrêt de mort, (Death Sentence); Le Très-Haut, (The Most High). Blanchot (b. ) is a mordant intellectual akin to the late Thomas Bernhard, Beckett, and Kafka, whose increasingly spare fictions (Awaiting.

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Many of Blanchot’s principal translators into English established reputations as prose stylists and poets in their own right; some of the more well-known include Lydia DavisPaul Austerand Pierre Joris. Published February 28, But then he thought that he would always have time to carry it out later, and he decided to cross the street and enter the house.

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Ace Boggess reviews AMINADAB by Maurice Blanchot

He began his career on the political right, but the experience of fascism altered his thinking to the point that he supported the student protests of May Consequently, his thought also has implications for ontology as a branch banchot philosophy since it arises from the ostensibly non-philosophical sphere of literature. So Thomas drags Dom around as he interacts with tenants and staff of the house, each of which has certain details and aminadav to share regarding the rules and goings-on in the house.

Write a customer review. Meanwhile, waiting at the end in from of a doorway to the underworld stands the imposing figure of Aminadab, who never actually makes an appearance in the book but whose name, according to Fort, is the Hebrew word for “my people amibadab generous. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Looking again in the direction of the shop, he realized that the man who was sweeping had gone back inside as well. Eventually Thomas becomes embroiled as a witness to a dispute involving two ‘domestics’ and this role changes his status in the house.


Aminadab, the man who according to legend guards the entrance to the building’s underground spaces, is only one of the mysteries reified by the rumors circulating among the residents.

Philosophy of death Literary criticism Moral philosophy Political philosophy Philosophy of language. This first translation of the novel into English is a literary gem, though of course whether it should be considered a ruby, emerald or diamond is open to interpretation. These characters in turn weave a series of tales that build up the myth and mystery that is the house. Jeff Fort, in his translator’s introduction, describes Aminadab as an allegory. Sahar Jafari rated it liked it Jul 06, There was, that is to say, an imperative to K.

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Having now read Aminadab for myself, I have to question whether this parallel holds. By largely discarding any strong imperative in the protagonist or narrative — any of the passion mentioned above — the novel leaves the reader in the abstracted and disassociated state that more typically b,anchot from reading works of narrative experimentation.

Aminadav in all, Blanchot’s second novel is a masterful twisting of the psyche. It has its moments of brilliance and its moments of blah, but all are thought-provoking. Retrieved from ” https: Blanchot was a distinctly modern writer who broke down generic boundaries, particularly between literature and philosophy. Book titles OR Journal titles. Aminadab by Maurice Blanchot. The absence of the thing is made good by the presence of the idea.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Although Aminadab is one of Blanchot’s less widely-discussed works it is particularly important because in it he pursues, more forcefully and perhaps more effectively than in Thomas l’Obscur his first novela thorough interrogation of the space of literature as an “imaginary” space, that is, a space of images. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

For me as I read, the connections I made were those of the seeker on his spiritual quest.


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That is, Blanchot seems sminadab come to an understanding of the nature of things as such through his work on literary aminxdab. The rest of the novel takes place inside this labyrinthine structure inhabited by an array of odd characters.

To attain this end, he sacrifices everything; he treats himself as a means. In these reviews he laid the foundations for later French critical thinking, by examining the ambiguous rhetorical nature of language, and the irreducibility of the written word to notions of truth or falsity.

To ask other readers questions about Aminadabplease sign up. Though this review has been a long time in coming, it wminadab remain a preliminary one as the book will require another reading. It was rather a sign of friendship than an invitation.

He thus rejects, in total, the possibility of understanding and “properly” engaging with it; and this resonates with Levinas ‘ take too. Infinite Conversation Theory and History of Literature. Please try again later.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. We do not know where he comes from, nor why he persists in reaching the woman who has signaled to him. Perhaps it is only a meaningless noise; perhaps the attempt is worth the trouble; soon you have decided, and taking up your shovel, you courageously set out to open a hole in the earth. Published June 1st by Bison Books first published As the translator observes, Thomas is on a quest that gives a surprisingly strong narative center to the book, and particulars of the endless, labyrinthine house that seems to encompass a complete universe appeals to the Borges-craving parts of my brain.

We know nothing except his incomprehensible obstinacy in remaining in a forbidden village. Thanks for telling us about the problem.