By Maurice Blanchot
Reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.”
A Voice from somewhere else represents certainly one of Maurice Blanchot’s most crucial reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.” The essays the following endure down at the necessity and impossibility of witnessing what literature transmits, and—like Beckett and Kafka—on what one may perhaps name the “default” of language, the tenuous border that binds writing and silence to one another. as well as concerns of René Char, Paul Celan, and Michel Foucault, Blanchot deals a sustained stumble upon with the poems of Louis-René des Forêts and, all through, a distinct and significant focus on music—on the lyre and the lyric, meter and measure—which poetry particularly brings prior to us.
“This welcome new quantity, superbly translated, is an important addition to our library of Blanchot in English.” — Lydia Davis
“Maurice Blanchot committed himself to what Henry James referred to as ‘the strangeness within the strangeness.’ A Voice from somewhere else speaks of what's irreducibly unusual in poetry and philosophy in a language of calm simplicity. those regularly overdue items by way of a author and philosopher of the 1st rank are as piercing as they're deeply moving.” — Kevin Hart
“And if the voice from somewhere else was once the poet’s voice? it's this speculation Blanchot checks ‘with obstinate rigor’ during this ebook. any such language is largely prophetic, yet merely within the feel that ‘[i]t exhibits the longer term, since it doesn't but communicate: … discovering its that means and legitimacy simply sooner than itself.’ this is often luminous Blanchot, rendered luminously via Charlotte Mandell, his most sensible, such a lot elegantly literate translator.” — Pierre Joris
“Here is a quantity of Maurice Blanchot’s commentaries on poems via Louis-René des Forêts, René Char, and Paul Celan, with his celebrated account of Michel Foucault’s œuvre. In each one case Blanchot reveals himself obsessed by way of ‘a voice from elsewhere’—a voice that's immediately intimate, wordless, and uninhabited: l. a. voix de personne, no-one’s voice. those commentaries, beautifully translated by means of Charlotte Mandell, are themselves constituted by way of this voice, a natural reverberation that readers of Blanchot’s writings don't have forgotten. they are going to say: so right here he's, if he ever was.” ― Gerald L. Bruns
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Anthropologists themselves belong to ethnic groups or nations. Moreover, the concepts and models used in the study of ethnicity can often be applied to modern as well as non-modern contexts, to Western as well as non-Western societies. 10 Yet if everyone is ethnic, no one is. 11 This paciﬁc and progressivist view of ethnicity, however, is obviously not the case in practice, as we observe in the recurrent antagonisms, atrocities, and genocides that take place every day around the world in the name of one version of ethnic difference or another.
The modern usage of the term thus seeks to undo the clear, aggressive binarism that legitimates the separation between “us” and “them,” between the inside and outside of a community. ” Thomas Hylland Eriksen puts it in these terms: Virtually every human being belongs to an ethnic group, whether he or she lives in Europe, Melanesia or Central America. There are ethnic groups in English cities, in the Bolivian countryside and in the New Guinea highlands. Anthropologists themselves belong to ethnic groups or nations.
S. electorate, as well as Chinese political leaders, dissidents, and prisoners themselves. The binary oppositional narrative that underlies this transnational affair is a familiar one: only the Chinese—in the form of “they”—remain so barbaric as to be ready to violate human rights, trade human organs, and use their people as bargaining chips; only “they” would do something that is so unthinkable among “us” in the enlightened, law-bound nations of the West. Even when humanitarian sympathy is bestowed on the dissidents, therefore, such sympathy is inseparable from the acute awareness that they are Chinese, that The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism 23 they are marked by a kind of difference that should be ignored (since we are all human beings) but, nonetheless, noticeably helps ennoble “our” cause (of trying to rescue them).
A Voice From Elsewhere (Suny Series, Insinuations Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Literature) by Maurice Blanchot