"Blanchot's narratives are here read with the care, patience, and thoroughness they deserve. The collection sustains a remarkable intensity of engagement throughout in so doing opening these narratives out to their necessary context--philosophical, of course; but also literary, political, theological, and biographical--with welcome dedication and integrity."--Martin Crowley, Queens' College, University of Cambridge" ""This outstanding collection--lucid, engaging, generous--illuminates Blanchot and the very notion of áthe philosophical."--Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania" ""This collection contains some very important pieces on a major figure of twentieth-century modernism. Blanchot now has a much wider audience in North American than he did evena few years ago, when it was mostly experimental fiction writers like Paul Auster, Lydia Davis, R. M. Berry, and Steve Tomasula--not literary critics--who took an interest in Blanchot's literary writings. The focus on the arratives' (or, better, áfictions') sets this volume apart from, and makes it a good deal more stimulating than, other recent collections of essays on Blanchot."--Gerald Bruns, University of Notre Dame"--BOOK JACKET.