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Blanchot, Maurice (Translated by Elizabeth Rottenberg) . FRIENDSHIP. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 345 pages. Fine/Fine.

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 very small and limited first print run as part of Stanford University's legendary "Meridian Crossing: Aesthetics" Series and as a hardcover original only. Presents Maurice Blanchot's "L'Amities" in a felicitous English translation. Here are twenty-nine essays and reviews on art, politics, literature, and philosophy that "document the wide range of Blanchot's interests, from the enigmatic paintings in the Lascaux Caves to the Atomic Era. Devoted to works of fiction (Louis-Rene des Forets, Pierre Klossowski, Roger Laporte, Marguerite Duras), autobiographies or testimonies (Michel Leiris, Robert Antelme, Andre Gorz, Franz Kafka), authors who are more than ever contemporary (Jean Paulhan, Albert Camus). Several essays focus on questions of Judaism, as expressed in the works of Edmond Jabes, Emmanuel Levinas, and Martin Buber. Concludes with an eloquent invocation to friendship on the occasion of the death of Georges Bataille" (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 0804727589. $90.00

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