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Death Sentence Novel by Maurice Blanchot
This long awaited reprint of a book about which John Hollander wrote: ‘A masterful version of one of the most remarkable novels in any language since World War II,’ is the story of the narrator’s relations with two women, one terminally ill, the other found motionless by him in a darkened room after a bomb explosion has separated them.
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.
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|Persian Title||کتاب حکم مرگ اثر موریس بلانشو|