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Blanchot, Maurice (Translated by Lydia Davis And Other Contributors). THE WORK OF FIRE. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 345 pages. Fine.

Collection of essays. One of Maurice Blanchot's finest achievements. 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 very small and limited first print run as part of Stanford University's legendary "Meridian Crossing: Aesthetics" Series and as a hardcover original only. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Maurice Blanchot's seminal literary essays. "Arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophy, Blanchot developed a distinctive, limpid form of essay writing. These essays, in form and substance, left their imprint on the work of the most influential French theorists. The writings of Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida are unimaginable without Blanchot. Certain themes recur repeatedly: The relation of literature and language to death; the significance of repetition; the historical, personal, and social function of literature, and simply, what is at stake in the fact that something such as art or literature exists. Among the authors discussed are Kafka, Mallarme, Holderlin, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Sartre, Gide, Pascal, Valery, Hemingway, and Henry Miller" (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 modern classic. 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 0804724326. $90.00

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