Aminadab Book by Maurice Blanchot


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The world of Aminadab, Maurice Blanchot’s second novel, is dark, bizarre, and fantastic. Reminiscent of Kafka’s enclosed and allegorical spaces, Aminadab is both a reconstruction and a deconstruction of power, authority, and hierarchy. 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.

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Maurice Blanchot

Maurice Blanchot (22 September 1907 – 20 February 2003) was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong influence on post-structuralist philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Blanchot was born in the village of Quain (Saône-et-Loire) on 22 September 1907. Blanchot studied philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, where he became a close friend of the Lithuanian-born French Jewish phenomenologist Emmanuel Levinas. He then embarked on a career as a political journalist in Paris. From 1932 to 1940 he was editor of the mainstream conservative daily the Journal des débats. In 1930 he earned his DES (diplôme d’études supérieures [fr]), roughly equivalent to an M.A. at the University of Paris, with a thesis titled “La Conception du Dogmatisme chez les Sceptiques anciens d’après Sextus Empiricus” (“The Conception of Dogmatism in the Ancient Sceptics According to Sextus Empiricus”). Early in the 1930s he contributed to a series of radical nationalist magazines while also serving as editor of the fiercely anti-German daily Le rempart in 1933 and as editor of Paul Lévy’s anti-Nazi polemical weekly Aux écoutes. In 1936 and 1937 he also contributed to the far right monthly Combat and to the nationalist-syndicalist daily L’Insurgé, which eventually ceased publication – largely as a result of Blanchot’s intervention – because of the anti-semitism of some of its contributors. There is no dispute that Blanchot was nevertheless the author of a series of violently polemical articles attacking the government of the day and its confidence in the politics of the League of Nations, and warned persistently against the threat to peace in Europe posed by Nazi Germany.

Handling time7 Days
Book Cover TypeHardcover
Suitable forAdults
Language(s)Persian (Farsi)
Weight50 Gram
AuthorMaurice Blanchot
Persian Titleکتاب آمینادب گزارش یک سرگردانی اثر موریس بلانشو
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