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By Maurice Blanchot

Reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.”

A Voice from somewhere else represents one among Maurice Blanchot’s most vital reflections at the enigma and mystery of “literature.” The essays the following undergo down at the necessity and impossibility of witnessing what literature transmits, and—like Beckett and Kafka—on what one may name the “default” of language, the tenuous border that binds writing and silence to one another. as well as issues of René Char, Paul Celan, and Michel Foucault, Blanchot bargains a sustained come across with the poems of Louis-René des Forêts and, all through, a different and critical focus on music—on the lyre and the lyric, meter and measure—which poetry particularly brings earlier than us.

“This welcome new quantity, fantastically translated, is a necessary addition to our library of Blanchot in English.” — Lydia Davis

“Maurice Blanchot committed himself to what Henry James known 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 in general overdue items through 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 truly is this speculation Blanchot checks ‘with obstinate rigor’ during this ebook. one of these language is largely prophetic, yet in simple terms within the feel that ‘[i]t exhibits the long run, since it doesn't but communicate: … discovering its which means and legitimacy basically sooner than itself.’ this is often luminous Blanchot, rendered luminously through Charlotte Mandell, his top, so much elegantly literate translator.” — Pierre Joris

“Here is a quantity of Maurice Blanchot’s commentaries on poems by means of Louis-René des Forêts, René Char, and Paul Celan, along with his celebrated account of Michel Foucault’s œuvre. In every one case Blanchot unearths himself obsessed by way of ‘a voice from elsewhere’—a voice that's right away intimate, wordless, and uninhabited: los angeles voix de personne, no-one’s voice. those commentaries, beautifully translated via Charlotte Mandell, are themselves constituted by means of this voice, a natural reverberation that readers of Blanchot’s writings don't have forgotten. they'll say: so the following he's, if he ever was.” ― Gerald L. Bruns

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1 Habitual/progressive [= DUR] What we are glossing DUR (for ‘durative’) in this grammar is the inflectional category expressing habitual or progressive actions. 1). Because both DUR and STAT can express what Comrie (1976) identifies as present, we do not use this label. Here are examples illustrating the use of the DUR suffix: A. 1 Tense and Aspect (2) ʔiʔi, cephi luče 33 poʔ - miʔ yes 3SG:NOM cig. smoke - DUR ‘yes, s/he smokes’ (3) (3) ah yekhe k'el - iʔ 1SG:NOM acorn:mush lick - DUR ‘I eat acorn mush’ (17) (4) cel' ah šawo tac' - miʔ then 1SG:NOM bread flat - DUR ‘then I flatten the bread’ (116) B.

Cephi k'u:wi: - yaʔ 3SG:NOM run - DUR ‘s/he’s running’ (o) 38 The Verb Phrase b. cephi k'uwey - khiʔ 3SG:NOM run - STAT ‘s/he arrived (somewhere) by running’ (369) (35) a. c'ic'a - t - i ho - yok'a: - laʔ bird - PL - NOM DIR - fly - DUR ‘the birds are flying around’ (369) b. sumi cic'a - t - i ho - yok'el - khiʔ yesterday bird - PL - NOM DIR - fly - STAT ‘yesterday the birds were flying around [but have now roosted]’ (13, 369) (36) a. cephi ew mehlah - šiʔ 3SG:NOM fish catch - DUR ‘s/he’s fishing’ (370) b.

Om - i šoy'i:ya: - khiʔ everywhere - NOM ‘it’s hot’ (211) b. om - i hot šoy' - - STAT iš - khiʔ everywhere - NOM hot - INCH - STAT ‘it got hot’ (211) (71) a.

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