By Derrida, Jacques; Cixous, Hélène; Derrida, Jacques
Interesting, passionate writing. A refusal to mourn her very shut good friend Derrida's dying, it starts with a telling of a dream within which Derrida and Cixous function as footballing mice. Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski, The Independent.
In 2003 Derrida had promised to wait a colloquium on 'Reading Cixous and Derrida studying each one Other/Themselves'. His premature dying in 2004 intended that it was once, as Cixous writes, 'Impossible to maintain one's be aware in this subject.' Insister of Jacques Derrida is Cixous' poignant and compelling reaction to his unfulfilled promise and a relocating tribute to the colleague, collaborator and pal with whom she created one of the most memorable meditations on literature and philosophy of the final century. Written in lucid, poetic kind, Cixous makes use of strong and evocative reminiscences to heavily learn, explicate and speculate on their intensely efficient courting in addition to on Derrida's legacy, demonstrating the profound dedication that shaped the cornerstone of either their friendship and their life's works
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You think all the time of defying it, calling to it. Your thinking ventures into the regions of the not yet and the perhaps, zones of trembling approaches, surprises, surceases. Of all those sur’s that launch thought beyond its limits. To go there, into these groundless, bottomless regions, you invent fragile and supple sur-words. I read you. Chance would have it that I was already of your language, chance of destiny, chance of two destinies which we knew nothing about at the beginning when we arrived each one from his or her side by the same route and the same path from an outer-edge of France to the other edge, called, pushed and called each of us, by his or her desire, a mad irresistible desire, to move toward the heights, toward the north, and the head, toward the capital of the language, dashing straight, each one for himself, for herself toward the lips and the tongue – of French, each one of us, transported before knowing by the vital need to go gather up as close as possible to the source the flow of the language.
And what words! You’re the one who found them in the midst of twelve thousand. 29 I had lent you the index, the keys, the chests of words, the dictionaries. Unfortunately I forgot to ask you how you pinpointed ‘He war’ so as to lodge there the universe, all of mythology, religions, history, philology, apocalypses. There are two hypotheses: either, as was known to happen, the two words leapt out at you, or else you were looking to pick a quarrel, you went straight to war in the index and you found it waiting for you since forever.
At some moment. – I just reread Beethoven Forever (or Manhattan, or Portrait of the Sun) he says to me. – Why? – I was in my mezzanine, I took the book oﬀ the shelf. That’s why. For the secret. For literature. He asks himself: what is reality? Italics thus keep the reality of what is said to have taken place in reality in suspense, in literature. The italics give 37 us to think, even bring into play, the very body of the question: What is reality? What is an event? What is a past event? And what does ‘past’ or ‘come to pass’ mean, etc.?