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Existential Monday free pdf Benjamin Fondane, who was born and educated in Romania, moved as an adult to Paris, lived for a time in Buenos Aires, where he was close to Victoria Ocampo, Borges's friend and publisher, and died in Auschwitz, was an artist and thinker who found in every limit, in every border, "a torture and a spur." Poet, critic, man of the theater, movie director, Fondane's thought took a philosophical turn in 1930s, which made him a major interlocutor - alongside such figures as Andre Breton, Albert Camus, and Simone Weil - in that decade's desperate intellectual, political, and spiritual debates. In this company Fondane stood out as the most daring of the existentialists, a metaphysical anarchist, affirming life and the individual against those great universal abstractions which limit human freedom - the State, History, the Law, the Idea- a rebel who refused the stable identity conferred by any form of "belonging" to some larger group or institution, "ferociously unique, outside of all categories." Existential Monday is the first selection of Fondane's philosophical work to appear in English. Comprising four major essays, it reveals Fondane, until now little-known except to specialists, to be of the great French philosophers of the twentieth century.

About Andrew Rubens

Benjamin Fondane (1898-1944), born Benjamin Wechsler, was a French-Romanian intellectual and surrealist poet. In 1923, Fondane fled from Romania to France, wherehe became part of a vibrant philosophical and intellectual network of Marxists, Catholics, Protestants, surrealists, and existentialists. Fondane also spent time in Buenos Aires, butreturned to France where he worked until his arrest in 1944, after which he was deported to Auschwitz, where he was killed. Bruce Baugh is the author of French Hegel: From Surrealism to Postmodernism and a professor of philosophy at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC, Canada), where he specializes in 20th-century French thought. Andrew Rubens is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Benjamin Fondane at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is also translating Fondane's poetry in collaboration with Henry King- selections appear in New York Review Books' Fondane anthology. His other translation work includes an essay by the philosopher Jean-Luc Marion and a biography of Jean Genet by the writer Dominique Edde. He is a former editor of the postgraduate journal eSharp and occasionally writes for The Glasgow Review of Books. He is also a founding member of the Association Benjamin Fondane.

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Author : Andrew Rubens
Publisher : NYRB Classics
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ISBN : 159017898X
EAN : 9781590178980
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Number of Pages : 176 pages
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