Cultural Writing. Literary Criticism. Translated from the French by Pierre Joris. THE UNAVOWABLE COMMUNITY is an inquiry into the nature and possibility of community, asking whether there can be a community of individuals that is truly "communal." The problem, for Blanchot, is that the very terms of an ideal community make an "avowal" of membership in it a violation of theterms themselves. This meditation ranges from the problematic effects of a defect in language to actual historical experiments in community. Readers of Blanchot know not to expect answers to the great questions that move his thought--rather, to live with the questions at the new level to which they have been raised in his discourse.
Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) was a French writer, philosopher, and literary theorist. His work had a strong influence on later post-structuralist theorists such as Jacques Derrida. He is one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in modern French writing yet no interview, no biographical sketch, and hardly any photographs have ever been published of him. Author City: Devrouze FRA