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Thomas the Obscure (1941) - Maurice Blanchot

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Thomas the Obscure (French title: Thomas l'obscure) is a 1941 experimental novel by Maurice Blanchot. It was translated into English in 1973 by Robert Lamberton.

The protagonists are Thomas and Anne who meet at a country hotel. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_the_Obscure [Aug 2006]

Amazon review

From Publishers Weekly
Admirers of Kierkegaard, Sartre and Beckett will enjoy Blanchot's philosophical rumination on existence in the form of this odd novela tragic existential romance of sorts. Thomas and Anne meet at a country hotel and believe themselves to be in love. We learn nothing of their pasts, mutual or personal, or of their plans or hopes. Such superficialities as character development do not concern Blanchot. Instead, the narrative focuses on the neurotic pair's inner worlds, where every slight notion and observation of the outer world carries explicit philosophical implications. The mental processes play unbroken for pages like impassioned and cerebral jazz piano pieces: the ocean is the modern soul, creatures are ideas, cats talk in monologues and the greatest action is a nervous collapse. With this couple, Blanchot examines the extent to which we are separated from our fellow humans by our solipsistic natures. Insight and true high comedy reign throughout these suffering-soaked chapters, remarkably and elegantly translated by Lamberton. For those who dare, this new version of the first novel by the influential French writer, a mystifying and ingenious work, will not soon leave the memory. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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