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FAUX PAS - Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Blanchot, Maurice (Translated by Charlotte Mandell)

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ISBN 10: 0804729344 / ISBN 13: 9780804729345
Published by Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001
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1st Printing. 310 pages. Published in 2001. Collection of essays. One of the greatest literary collections of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only and as part of Stanford University's legendary "Meridian Crossing: Aesthetics" Series. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Maurice Blanchot's "Faux Pas" in a felicitous English translation. His self-deprecatingly titled debut collection. Here are fifty-four essays that established Blanchot as "the most lucid and powerful French critic of the second half of the twentieth century. Sober reconstructions of the main tenets of both Classical and Modern, both literary and theoretical texts, they have attained the status of model readings for authors as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci and Kierkegaard, Melville and Proust, Moliere, Goethe, and Mallarme. However, the book is not a miscellaneous collection of exquisite essays. The first section of the volume, 'From Anguish to Language', indicates the relative unity of its trajectory and its special moment in the development of Blanchot's thought. 'Anguish' was a prominent notion for the Existentialist philosophy of the period, and Blanchot reflects on the necessary transition from the paradox of anguish to the paradox of language. He does so without ever betraying the affective tensions that attach themselves to linguistic utterances, but he also insists that the pathos of anxiety is, in the last resort, comical. Whoever writes, 'I am lonely', can judge himself to be quite comical, as he evokes his solitude by addressing a reader and using means that make it impossible to be alone" (Publisher's blurb). A little-known fact even among academic commentators about Blanchot: He hid, and thereby saved the lives of, Emmanuel Levinas' family from the Nazis and their French collaborators throughout the war, a humane, risk-taking gesture that helped Levinas, the greatest French philosopher of the 20th century, develop and articulate his "face-to-face" philosophy in concrete terms. An absolute "must-have" title for Maurice Blanchot collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest literary critics of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MAURICE BLANCHOT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0804729344. Bookseller Inventory # 18898

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Published in France in 1943, Faux Pas is the first collection of Maurice Blanchot's essays on literature and language, consisting of fifty-four short pieces that were originally issued as reviews in literary journals, and one long introductory meditation that defines the trajectory of the whole volume. These essays?like those collected in the other five books of criticism published over several decades?have established Blanchot as the most lucid and powerful French critic of the second half of the twentieth century. Sober reconstructions of the main tenets of both classical and modern, both literary and theoretical texts, they have attained the status of model readings for authors as diverse as da Vinci and Kierkegaard, Melville and Proust, Molière, Goethe, and Mallarmé.

However, the book is not a miscellaneous collection of exquisite essays. The first section of the volume, "From Anguish to Language," indicates the relative unity of its trajectory and its special moment in the development of Blanchot's thought. "Anguish" was a prominent notion for the existentialist philosophies of the period of his first work, and in this book Blanchot reflects on the necessary transition from the paradoxes of anguish to a focus on the paradoxes of language. He does so without ever betraying the affective tensions that attach themselves to linguistic utterances, but he also insists that the pathos of anxiety is, in the last resort, comical. Whoever writes "I am lonely" can judge himself to be quite comical, as he evokes his solitude by addressing a reader and using means that make it impossible to be alone.

This comedy of language is retraced in Blanchot's intensely luminous essays on poetry and narration, on silence and symbolism, the novel and morals, the stranger, the enigma, time, and the very possibility of literature in the works of Blake, Balzac, Rimbaud, and Gide, Bergson and Brice Parain, Rilke and Bataille, Sartre, Camus, Queneau, and so many others.

From the Back Cover: ?The translation of Maurice Blanchot?s Faux Pas makes an important collection of essays finally accessible to anglophone readers. . . . The English version . . . is a commendable achievement, since Blanchot?s text poses many difficulties for the translator.??Canadian Review of Comparative Literature

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Title: FAUX PAS - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...

Publisher: Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

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Edition: 1st Edition.

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