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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That is, Blanchot seems to come to an understanding of the nature of things as such through his work on literary things. Blanchot worked in Paris during the Nazi occupation. A man walking in the street looks up and sees a girl make a sign to him from the window of a house. The people he encounters offer different mythical interpretations of everything from the game room to the upper floors to the domestic staff in fact, I kept waiting, during the long passage about the staff, to hear someone declare “The staff works in strange and mysterious ways!

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December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Mechanistic, arbitrary, bleak, contradictory — a shaky construction of words and vaporous law that follows Kafka, parallels Beckett, and perhaps foresees blaanchot of Robbe-Grillet.

The discourses are concrete ones, about officialdom, what the officials do and how one gets an in with blancoht. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Extremely fortuitous that I would read Blachot’s extremely curious second novel during a period in which I have begun working graveyard shifts for the first time in about four years.


This is an epic assimilating myth and rousing a sense of a new realm of being. Following a glimpse of a gesture through a window that he interprets as an invitation, Thomas a protagonist as viewpoint practically without context is drawn into the cryptic, shifting spaces of an indecipherable boarding house.

Ross Scott-Buccleuch rated it really liked it Apr 12, Notify me of new comments via email. As it was, I mostly just found it tedious – much like the only bk I’ve read by Michel Butor. Another perspective might see Thomas as the human animal wandering through life from birth to death.


The role of the imagination thus becomes critical, for it is by way of the imagination that blanhcot literary space of images makes itself known to us in its indifference. Dom doesn’t say much nor does he initially help Thomas in his efforts to decode the ways of the A man walking in the street looks up and sees a girl make a sign to him from the window of a house.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The novel opens when Thomas, upon seeing a woman gesture to him from a window of a large boarding house, enters the building and slowly becomes embroiled in its inscrutable workings.

Aminadab OR Must Irrealism be Existentialist?

This reminded him of his first plan. Written in a prose that is classical and at times lyrical, Blanchot’s novel functions as an allegory referring, above all, to the wandering and striving movement of writing itself. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Maurice Blanchot September 22, — February 20, was a French pre-war leader of the Young Right, philosopher, literary theorist and writer of fiction. Jul 07, Kobe Bryant rated it it was ok.


At aaminadab the novel feels like a meditation on the hazards of living in perpetual dissatisfaction. Nick Crawford rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Blanchot was a distinctly modern writer who broke down generic boundaries, particularly between literature and aimnadab. This is possible because Aminadab bears a consistent narrative, rather than the series of discrete episodes in Thomas l’Obscurand as a result Blanchot is able for the first time to develop a narrative whose structure and space are fully integrated.

Anna rated it liked it Dec 04, Madness of the Day. The word ‘flower’ means flower that refers to flowers in the world. Feb 27, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Aminadab resembles Franz Kafka’s strongest works, The Trial and The Castleaminavab its way of pushing the character through an absurd sequence aminadqb events that at first seems to have no coherent pattern but that develops a unique sort of lucidity as the story moves along.

What is perhaps most profoundly significant about Maurice Blandhot writings, both fictional and critical, is that they appear to harbour a mode of ontological thought that arises from outside philosophy.