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Yet as Blanchot argues, writing is also linked to the repetition of the experience of the origin as it deprives the self of initiative, the capacity to begin and the ability to be able – of a different thunderstorm, then, the thundering silence of a murmuring without term. It is by this silence that the author loses her name and the signature she appends to the finished work is made to tremble. 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.

Kierkegaard’s text doesn’t tell us; the young man disappears from the stage. One might wonder, however, whether there is a repetition which 28 Blanchot’s Vigilance reaches beyond both recollection and the pristine innocence which is recovered in the relationship to God – a non-Christian repetition, then, that would restore not a name, but a namelessness, not possibility, but impossibility. There is a thunderstorm without cease from which no deliverance comes. Such would be the repetition of the suspension of the instant (the time of the absence of time) to which literary writing is linked.

Who decided? Fate? is that the word? But The Castle is not a tragedy; it is not fate that will break the tragic hero or heroine against the ultimate limit. Nor is it heroic death that would confront its readers with the magnificent fragility of the human being. K. is not a magnificent tragic hero. He is febrile, restless, he seeks, but nothing satisfies him. Would the novel have ended with him finding acceptance as a member of the village? It may appear the novel does not develop at all, simply repeating, in various forms, the impasse which was evident from its first page.

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