By Manuel Rivas
On August 19, 1936 Hercules the boxer stands at the quayside at Coruña and watches Fascist infantrymen piling up books and atmosphere them alight. it's a second which transforms a tender workforce of associates, who simply weeks earlier than had spent their days sunbathing underneath the lighthouse, right into a damaged generation.
Out of this incident through the early months of Spain's tragic civil conflict, Manuel Rivas weaves a colorful tapestry of news and unforgettable characters to create a landscape of twentieth-century Spanish historical past. For it isn't purely the lives of Hercules the boxer and his buddies which are tainted by means of the endless clash, but additionally these of a tender washerwoman who sees souls within the clouded river water and the stammering son of a pass judgement on who uncovers his father's hidden library.
As the singed pages fly away at the breeze, their tales continue to exist within the minds in their readers.
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As García Düttman writes of Agamben’s reading of Benjamin’s integral actuality, the idea of prose evades either “poetic singularity” 26 or “philosophic generality” in order to present “the thing no longer separated from its intelligibility . ” The world of integral actuality establishes a “between” that is no longer oriented to “two extremes” but rather “exceeds what it simultaneously separates and brings together . ” However, one cannot “persist within pure possibility” since one would no longer be hesitating before its fulfillment.
For Levinas, however, we can only know of our death, of our finitude, in experiencing the deaths of others. ”79 For Nancy, the experience of Bataillean sovereignty is an “abandonment” of being to what is outside itself. ”83 Heidegger’s “authentic being” and organic community is rejected as a being-toward (or working toward) subject to the future; instead, where community denotes only a limit that is interrupted as soon as it is reached, it is “unworked” (désouvrée). Anything one might offer as a “work,” whether it is a people, a nation, or a work of art, is “abandoned” at this limit, its proposal of exemplarity withdrawn.
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