This quantity documents a striking come upon in severe and philosophical considering: a gathering of 2 of the nice pioneers in modern proposal, Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida, who're additionally sure jointly by way of friendship and a fancy relation to their very own pasts. greater than a literary textual content with serious statement, it constitutes an occasion of crucial value for modern philosophical, literary, and political concerns.
The publication involves The fast of My Death, a robust brief prose piece via Blanchot, and a longer essay by means of Derrida that reads it within the context of questions of literature and of bearing witness. Blanchot's narrative issues a second whilst a tender guy is introduced ahead of a firing squad in the course of global conflict II after which unexpectedly reveals himself published from his close to dying. The incident, written within the 3rd individual, is suggestively autobiographical—from the name, a number of feedback within the textual content, and a letter Blanchot wrote a couple of comparable incident in his personal life—but in basic terms insofar because it increases questions for Blanchot approximately what such an adventure may possibly suggest. The twist of fate of close to demise turns into, within the rapid the fellow is published, the twist of fate of a existence he not possesses. The textual content increases the query of what it capacity to write down a few (non)experience one can't declare as one's personal, and as such is a textual content of testimony or witness.
Derrida's analyzing of Blanchot hyperlinks the matter of testimony to the matter of the key and to the thought of the moment. It thereby presents the weather of a extra expansive reassessment of literature, testimony, and fact. In addressing the advanced relation among writing and heritage, Derrida additionally implicitly displays on questions about the relation among ecu intellectuals and global conflict II.