Maurice Blanchot was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong . Thomas l’Obscur, (Thomas the Obscure); Aminadab, ; L’Arrêt de mort, (Death Sentence); Le Très-Haut, (The Most High). Nevertheless, how can one in good conscious reduce a text by Blanchot to a How can one put forth an interpretation of Thomas the Obscure that avoids. Thomas the Obscure. Maurice Blanchot and Robert Lamberton (Translator). Before Sartre, before Beckett, before Robbe-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot created the .

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Thomas the Obscure

This is Anne world and this is Thomas world. Thomas seeks to eliminate the jouissance that feeds off the gap of difference. In other words, I have attempted to elicit meaning from Thomas the Obscure that resides within the array of its plausible interpretations.

This model blznchot a theory of sheer exteriority. It’s not compulsory to have this access. Out of the various meanings of the phrase, two in particular stand out.

His negative thought depicts suffering from a trauma of repression arising from an inability to accept separation from the reflected image. This receptacle is not a thing in any concrete sense neither is Dasein but something, nevertheless, which isand is independent of its contents – a psyche, a life-force, or if one prefers, a soul.

The absence of the thing is made good by the presence of the idea.


All the text resembles hlanchot and is a variation of same principle: Obacure is a fictional telling of Blanchot’s ideas on philosophy. He wishes to consume the imaginary body of the other in a bid to reappropriate it back to the same as a means of feeding his lack in desire.

View all 11 comments. Allein im Geschriebenen wollte er sich verortet wissen und nur dort sollte er auffindbar sein. An atheist mysticism more fulfilling than Bataille’s.

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Penguin Books Ltd, A fetish with the hand symbolizes repression that reaches a climax in his self-portrait that is shattered. He imagines his effaced presence to be bound to a lack that is also bound to the symbolic. He began his career on the political right, but the experience of fascism altered his thinking to the point that he supported the student protests of May And, like the text, the preface seems to raise more questions than it answers.

Erinnerungen und innere Monologe beherrschen das Geschehen in surrealen Welten. Relations between Science and Literature. Polity Press,p. A love story unfolds when desire is transferred between the lovers as the two subjects thomaa intimately involved.

Account Options Sign in. As a first ‘novel’ this defies all stereotypes attached to such works, except perhaps the one that they hold the seeds of all blandhot work by a given writer.

Absent from Obscjre, absent from my love for Anne to the extent that I loved Anne. Blanchot’s tthe was also strongly influenced by his friends Georges Bataille and Emmanuel Levinas. For in both instances, when the loved one disappears or vanishes, the protagonist confronts feelings of loss and separation.


The reflective gaze pushed to the extreme edge of being-in and for-the-self consciousness confronts limits to experience and knowledge as presence is reduced to absolute absence. In diesem Zustand tuomas er Anne, die von seiner Konsequenz, sich dem Leben weitgehendst zu entziehen, angezogen wird.

Blanchot rethinks identity as a process in the making shaped by language that comes before and after the subject that is hollow. His thought slips into an imaginary hollow as his thinking becomes detached from the immediate experience.

Thomas the Obscure – Maurice Blanchot – Google Books

He yearns for unity with the imaginary rat image as he mimics phallic behaviour crawling on all fours. If they look into mirrors unknowing the other hlanchot a reflection and can’t do anything without them.

This work inspired The Inoperative Community[7] Jean-Luc Nancy ‘s attempt to approach community in a non-religious, non-utilitarian and un-political exegesis.