Unreal Nature

February 21, 2016

In a Closed World

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What decision had he made that put him out of reach, although friendly, close?

This is from The Step Not Beyond by Maurice Blanchot (1992):

… The mark, it is to be absent from the present, and to make the present be absent.

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When he crossed it, the city murmured in him constantly: I am afraid, be the witness of fear.

[ … ]

A double meaning: the noise of the city with its interpretable richness, always ready to be named, then the same noise like the sound of the waves, monotonous, wild, inaudible, with sudden and unforeseeable bursts being a part of the monotony.

[ … ]

He is in a closed world whose closing is the only event that produces itself in it.

What decision had he made that put him out of reach, although friendly, close?

-Julie

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