Maurice Blanchot

‘A word may give me its meaning, but first it suppresses it. For me to be able to say,
‘This woman’ I must somehow take her flesh and blood reality away from her,
cause her to be absent, annihilate her. The word gives me the being, but it gives it
to me deprived of being. The word is the absence of that being, its nothingness,
what is left of it when it has lost being – the very fact that it does not exist.”

Blanchot, The Gaze of the Orpheus: pp41-42

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