Michael Finkenthal's Benjamin Fondane: A Poet-Philosopher Caught Between the PDF

By Michael Finkenthal

ISBN-10: 1433113023

ISBN-13: 9781433113024

Benjamin Fondane: A Poet-Philosopher stuck among the Sunday of historical past and the Existential Monday examines the existence and paintings of Benjamin Fondane, a poet and a literary critic, a thinker and a playwright, who wrote movie scripts and labored as a director at the level in addition to in motion pictures. additionally, Fondane was once lively in cultures, the Romanian and the French. His existential philosophy is very proper to the area of latest Jewish notion, and his literary actions are associated with the twentieth-century ecu avant-garde. This e-book discusses all of those issues and offers heritage for the Romanian and French cultural scene of the interval in addition to finding the author in the context of the dramatic occasions of the 20th century.

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11 Perhaps that is why a few months later, after a scandal caused by his article on Jeanne D’Arc and his repudiation by André Breton, Fondane was more complimentary about Delteil in his article published in Integral. The same year he contributed another piece about Cocteau but this was a different matter; Cocteau was a former friend of Tristan Tzara and he was not an angry young man anymore. Cocteau was now a celebrity not only in the literary domain but in the arts and music worlds as well, and engaged also in a dialogue on religious matters with Jacques Maritain as he was on the way to become a born-again Christian.

15 The total liberty attainable through an unfettered abandonment to any and each experiment and to all possible transgressions of limits was supposed to enable the transfer of the individual into a suprareality. This new medium was something the surrealists wanted to create and understand. But to do that simultaneously, one would need a tool that would possess the exceptional property of acting and reflecting at the same time upon the thing done (or the experience as it was lived). indd 41 9/24/12 10:57 AM 42 Benjamin Fondane Rimbaud’s own confession that his words contained in the letter were mere sophistry (sophismes magiques), pointed out that Rimbaud’s “method” could not help the surrealists.

In the article “Traducerea Bibliei,” dedicated to the translation of the Bible, Fondane clearly oscillated between a Voltairian position and one closer to that of Martin Buber: at times he spoke about the Bible as of a collection of “One Thousand and One Oriental Tales,” full of stories of vengeance, crime, and betrayal, while at other times, he referred to it as a providential book that stands above and beyond Voltaire’s or anybody’s rational commentaries. ”18 Contingency was in any event something to be encountered in both the real, concrete life and in one’s reflection about it.

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