New York: David Lewis, Inc., 1973. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, gray endpapers, original printed gray dust jacket.
"At the moment everything was being destroyed she had created that which was most difficult: she had not drawn something out of nothing (a meaningless act), but given to nothing, in its form of nothing, the form of something." First US edition of major 20-century French thinker Maurice Blanchot's first novel and best-known work of fiction in English translation. A classic exemplar of a récit, the structure of the novel lacks a conventional narrative, Blanchot placing the reader within an autonomous event in order to probe the principles of time, being, and consciousness. Rather than describing the lives of Thomas and Annie, a young couple who believe they are in love, the reader is witness to the pair's interior lives as they begin to question both themselves and each other. Unique and challenging, upon initial publication in 1941 the text received poor reviews from Parisian critics but has since become revered as an early postmodern masterpiece. One of 1500 unnumbered copies. Unclipped dust jacket with small sticker residue to upper flap and several small closed tears to edges. Near fine. Item #2128