The Number and the Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarme's Coup De Des

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A meticulous literary study, a detective story a la Edgar Allan Poe, a treasure hunt worthy of an adventure novel such are the registers in which will be deciphered the hidden secrets of a poem like no other. Quentin Meillassoux continues his innovative philosophical interrogation of the concepts of chance, contingency, infinity and eternity through a concentrated study of Stephane Mallarme's poem Un Coup de Des jamais n abolira le Hasard, patiently deciphering its enigmatic meaning on the basis of a dazzlingly simple and lucid insight with regard to the unique Number that cannot be another . The Coup de des constitutes perhaps the most radical break in the history of modern poetry: the fractured lines spanning the double page; the typographical play borrowed from the poster form; the multiple interpolations disrupting reading. But the intrigue of this poem is still stranger and has always resisted full elucidation. We encounter a shipwreck, and a Master, himself almost submerged, who clasps in his hand the dice that, confronted by the furious waves, he hesitates to throw. The hero expects this throw, if it takes place, to be extraordinarily important: a Number said to be unique and which cannot be any other . The decisive point of the investigation proposed by Meillassoux comes with a discovery, unsettling and yet as simple as a child s game: All the dimensions of the Number, understood progressively, articulate between them but a sole condition that this Number should ultimately be delivered to us by a secret code, hidden in the Coup de des, like a key that finally unlocks every one of its poetic devices. Thus is also unveiled the meaning of the siren that emerges for a lightning flash among the debris of the shipwreck: as the living heart of a drama that is still unfolding.

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Quentin Meillassoux teaches philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris. He is the author of After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency.

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What to say about this book? But then, what was there or is there still to say about Mallarme's Coup de des? Such a famously undecipherable book is here deciphered by a philosopher who writes on finitude, contingency, and chance and the throw of the dice is surely also about chance, so the fit is fine. You may or may not be convinced of the secret code Quentin Meillassoux claims to have discovered in the poem, but be assured that this is a brave new interpretation of that throw and that chance. Mary Ann Caws Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature Graduate Center, City University of New York --Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature Graduate Center, City University of New York

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Book Description Urbanomic, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: N/A. Brand New Book. Quentin Meillassoux, author of After Finitude , continues his philosophical interrogation of the concepts of chance, contingency, infinity and eternity through a concentrated study of Mallarme s poem Un Coup de Des , patiently deciphering its enigmatic meaning on the basis of a dazzlingly simple and lucid insight with regard to Mallarme s unique Number . The Number which can be no other can only be revealed to us via a secret code, hidden in the Coup de des like a key that finally unlocks every one of its poetic devices. Thus is also unveiled the meaning of that siren, emerging for a lightning-flash amongst the debris of the shipwreck: as the living heart of a drama that is still unfolding. With this bold new interpretation of Mallarme s work, Meillassoux offers brilliant insights into modernity, poetics, secularism and religion, and opens a new chapter in his philosophy of radical contingency. The volume contains the entire text of the Coup de des and three other poems, with new English translations. Bookseller Inventory # AAO9780983216926

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