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Suffered a great weariness at the moment the secrets of That Merciful Surplus of Strength 45 the castle were to be vouchsafed to him. He would live on in a phantom version of Kafka’s novel: a book with an infinite number of pages; a book which, somewhere, Kafka is still writing. * * * The vicissitudes of K. are only one aspect of what, for Blanchot, makes The Castle a symbolic story. 103 But what does this mean? The positive absolute might be understood in term of the absolutum which Nicholas of Cusa used to name God or das Absolute of post-Kantian philosophy as it indicates what is unconditioned, self-contained and perfect.

No one. Personne. Repetition erodes the position, the being-there of the writer. The finite cannot reintegrate the infinite, the temporal cannot reconcile itself with the eternal, the psychical does not dominate the physical – the writer endures an endless misrelation, a necessary dying, which cannot be reconciled with the freedom to write. 57 Kafka the failure, the one who places everything to sacrifice without wanting anything in return, is the young man of Repetition who writes to receive himself anew without receiving anything.

Giving itself over and again is an experience which denies her even the power to remember. Language is not hers; within language, repeating itself, is the experience which deprives her of her name. What is the meaning of the thunderstorm? Repetition brings only disappointment, failure with respect to what can be said. Who speaks when repetition speaks? No one. Personne. Repetition erodes the position, the being-there of the writer. The finite cannot reintegrate the infinite, the temporal cannot reconcile itself with the eternal, the psychical does not dominate the physical – the writer endures an endless misrelation, a necessary dying, which cannot be reconciled with the freedom to write.

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