Reading The Remove Of Literature

Thurston, Nicholas

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of the thoroughly annotated text (annotated with set type) of Maurice Blanchot’s L’Espace littéraire (1955) only the annotations are left – the text itself is removed, “[t]he meaning of the candid reflections and meditations which form the incisive marginalia is founded in a tension with the suggestions of the absent text. Floating alone these annotations may have little worth or make little sense, but between these covers they do not deny the history of their derivation: They are constantly anchored by that which is missing, in a creative erring, in a process of over-coming, which in this book asserts an equality of presence between the read and the written, the reading and the writing. At once poetic and philosophical, Thurston’s work is an intervention into the book as a space of knowledge that renders productive the paradoxical relationship of the artistic act and the art work – the very question of the possibility of literature that obsessed Blanchot – contained simultaneously by the edges it continues beyond and the bind(ing)s that hold it together and hold it still”, with an introduction by Craig Dworkin, soft cover, 288 pages, 23 x 15,5 cm, York 2006