Notebook (object)

October 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Just as Hamlet, for Schmitt, was worn down by the disturbing historical reality he represented , for Benjamin, in Critchley and Webster’s spry commentary, ‘mourning, lethargy, sloth, ruin, deathly contemplation, and becoming stone are all that is left to him’ once he realises his predicament. Something is too much for Hamlet, there is something he cannot bear which undoes him… ‘What mourning and historical reality share [for Benjamin and Schmitt] is something on the level of facticity, force and fate… One smashes against and breaks upon this Real, or, to turn it around, one is broken into, subjected to, veritably raped by this excess.'”

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