By Maurice Blanchot, Jeff Fort, Jeff Fort
Although Thomas is continually reassured that he can depart the development, he appears separated without end from the area he has left at the back of. the tale involves Thomas's pissed off makes an attempt to elucidate his prestige as a resident within the construction and his inaccurate interactions with the forged of sickly, wicked, or indirectly deformed characters he meets, none of them ever particularly what they appear to be. Aminadab, the fellow who based on legend guards the doorway to the building's underground areas, is just one of the mysteries reified by way of the rumors circulating one of the residents.
Written in a prose that's classical and every now and then lyrical, Blanchot's novel features as an allegory referring, in particular, to the wandering and striving circulate of writing itself.
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What was he doing here anyway? He thought again of the portrait and said to himself that the moment had come to lose heart. The light had gone out. The silence was impenetrable. And he was more alone than if he had never had a compan ion. He forced himself out of the embrace that had held him prisoner up to now and stretched out on the bed again. Another ring now encircled his left ankle, a finely wrought ring that was attached by a larger one to the young man's leg. Because of this hindrance his position was still uncom fortable, but he hardly noticed.
He did not wait for an answer and turned back to the kitchen. The spec tacle did not hold the same interest as the first time. Around a table stood men dressed in large white aprons washing dishes. In the center of the table was a hole filled with water. They threw all sorts of containers into it at ran dom and pulled them out just as quickly; each one worked with care, but the water was so filthy that, despite the rapid pace of their gestures, the im plements always soaked too long in the waste and were covered with greasy spots that could no longer be wiped away.
Speaking was not their strong point. The number-two man, after standing for a while with 27 his eyes lowered, began to move imperceptibly toward the door, as if he wanted to escape from a harrowing ordeal. But he bumped against a shelf and jumped back terrified by the noise of clanking saucers and cups. His acolytes rushed toward him. Thomas thought they were going to smash everything to pieces, and in fact, with their abrupt and clumsy movements, they knocked over two large vases, which shattered into pieces, spilling out all their water.