By Maurice Blanchot, Michael Holland
The German profession of France placed an finish to Maurice Blanchot's profession as a political journalist. In April 1941 he started to post a weekly column of literary feedback within the magazine des Débats, which grew to become the resource for his first severe paintings, fake pas (1943). in addition to supplying a special point of view on cultural existence throughout the profession, those items supply an important insights into the brain and artwork of a author who used to be to turn into essentially the most influential figures at the French literary scene within the moment half the 20 th century.
As good as laying the root for the occupation of 1 France's most unique writers and thinkers, those articles additionally supply a reminder that Blanchot's political expertise is still undimmed, via transparent if occasionally coded acts of feedback or defiance of the present order.
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Civilisation" is a recent term in the French language. According to a remarkable study by Lucien Febvre that appeared in the publications of the Centre de Synthèse, it only occurs in print in 1766, and its invention can probably be attributed to Culture and Civilization 55 Baron d'Holbach. 3 At rnore or less the sarne date, the word Kultur appeared in the German language, and the English word "civilization" is found in I772 in a text attributed to Dr. Johnson. This sirnultaneous act of creation, in which it is very difficult to know what role was played by borrowing, rais es problems that cannot be dealt with in a few words.
When one thinks of the author of A Throw of the Dice, one says to oneself that the literary pride that is so characteristic of our spirit is a phenomenon of which we should not be ashamed, since there are in our literature a few texts that have aspired with some degree of success to take the place of universal creation. -May 26-27, 1941 We cannot be too grateful to Bernard Grasset. His efforts at familiarizing us with a great classical work that while not unknown was read by almost no one, have been remarkable.
In fact, it is crystaldear that dassical works only found themselves in harmony with an almost interminable timespan because they appeared to come from somewhere above and beyond their time, tearing through it and burning it up with an extreme concentration that ernbraced within itself the past, the present, and the fLlture. 44 The Search for Tradition To this, the reply from sorne quarters is that there are rIlany weaknesses in these novice works, and even an element of imitation in their experiments.
Into Disaster: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1941 by Maurice Blanchot, Michael Holland