No. 12, The Night (January 2009)

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Table of contents

01.   San Juan de la Cruz, Cantar de la alma (1578)

02.   Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth (1606)

03.   Sade, Justine, ou les malheurs de la vertu (1791)

04.   Goya, Sábado de las brujas (1798)

05.   Hölderlin, Brod und Wein (1800)

06.   Hegel, Jenaer Systementwürfe (1805-06)

07.   Blake, The Ghost of a Flea (1819-20)

08.   Kierkegaard, Frygt og Bæven (1843)

09.   Brontë, Warning and Reply (1843)

10.   Nietzsche, Die fröliche Wissenschaft (1882)

11.   Van Gogh, Nuit étoilée (1889)

12.   Kafka, Letter to R. Klopstock (July 1922)

13.   Eliot, Little Gidding (1942)

14.   Tarkovsky, От юности до старости (1987)

15.   Blanchot, Aminadab (1942)

16.   Bataille, Sur Nietzsche (1945)

17.   Note

Where the blue of the sky and its solar guardian have always suggested the limits of a celestial vault and a paternal authority, a night sky pierced by swirling masses of immeasurably distant stars is the very image of infinity and a chaos that surpasses human understanding. For this reason, night is also the image of the chaos within man. The night is the time in which the spirits that reside within the heart and mind of man are let loose upon the world, filling its sudden emptiness with his fears and nightmares. The last of these to appear, arriving in the dead of night, is the fear of death, without which man would live like a beast, from day to day, and not in the shadow of his own mortality.

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