Burn: My musings on the riots

“The man knows he has not stepped out of history, but history is now the void, the void in the process of realization; it is absolute freedom which has become an event. Such periods are given the name Revolution. At this moment, freedom aspires to be realized in the immediate form of everything is possible, everything can be done. A fabulous moment – and no one who has experienced it can completely recover from it, since he has experienced history as his own history and his own freedom as universal freedom. These moments are in fact fabulous moments: in them fable speaks; in them, the speech of fable becomes action”.

from Literature and the Right to Death by Maurice Blanchot.



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