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For the past half century Maurice Blanchot has been an extraordinarily influential figure on the French literary and cultural scene He is arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophyThis collection of 29 critical essays and reviews on art politics literature and philosophy documents the wide range of Blanchot's interests from the enigmatic paintings in the Lascaux caves to the atomic era Essays are devoted to works of fiction Louis René des Forêts Pierre Klossowski Roger Laporte Marguerite Duras to autobiographies or testimonies Michel Leiris Robert Antelme André Gorz Franz Kafka or to authors who arethan ever contemporary Jean Paulhan Albert CamusSeveral essays focus on uestions of Judaism as expressed in the works of Edmond Jabès Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber Among the other topics covered are André Malraux's imaginary museum the Pléiade Encyclopedia project of Raymond ueneau paperback publishing the work of Claude Lévi Strauss Benjamin's Task of the Translator Marx and communism writings on the Holocaust and the difference between art and writing The book concludes with an elouent invocation to friendship on the occasion of the death of Georges BatailleFor the past half century Maurice Blanchot has been an extraordinarily influential figure on the French literary and cultural scene He is arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophyThis collection of 29 critical essays and reviews on art politics literature and philosophy documents the wide range of Blanchot's interests from the enigmatic paintings in the Lascaux caves to the atomic era Essays are devoted to works of fiction Louis René des Forêts Pierre Klossowski Roger Laporte Marguerite Duras to autobiographies or testimonies Michel Leiris Robert Antelme André Gorz Franz Kafka or to authors who arethan ever contemporary Jean Paulhan Albert CamusSeveral essays focus on uestions of Judaism as expressed in the works of Edmond Jabès Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber Among the other topics covered are André Malraux's imaginary museum the Pléiade Encyclopedia project of Raymond ueneau paperback publishing the work of Claude Lévi Strauss Benjamin's Task of the Translator Marx and communism writings on the Holocaust and the difference between art and writing The book concludes with an elouent invocation to friendship on the occasion of the death of Georges BatailleFor the past half century Maurice Blanchot has been an extraordinarily influential figure on the French literary and cultural scene He is arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophyThis collection of 29 critical essays and reviews on art politics literature and philosophy documents the wide range of Blanchot's interests from the enigmatic paintings in the Lascaux caves to the atomic era Essays are devoted to works of fiction Louis René des Forêts Pierre Klossowski Roger Laporte Marguerite Duras to autobiographies or testimonies Michel Leiris Robert Antelme André Gorz Franz Kafka or to authors who arethan ever contemporary Jean Paulhan Albert CamusSeveral essays focus on uestions of Judaism as expressed in the works of Edmond Jabès Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber Among the other topics covered are André Malraux's imaginary museum the Pléiade Encyclopedia project of Raymond ueneau paperback publishing the work of Claude Lévi Strauss Benjamin's Task of the Translator Marx and communism writings on the Holocaust and the difference between art and writing The book concludes with an elouent invocation to friendship on the occasion of the death of Georges Bataille