Unnameable 1

...I'll have said it inside me, then in the same breath outside me, perhaps that's what I feel, an outside and an inside and me in the middle, perhaps that's what I am, the thing that divides the world in two, on the one side the outside, on the other the inside, that can be as thin as foil, I'm neither one side nor the other, I'm in the middle, I'm the partition, I've two surfaces and no thickness, perhaps that's what I feel, myself vibrating, I'm tympanum, on the one hand the mind, on the other the world, I don't belong to either... (Three Novels, p 383)

Notes:

a) "perhaps that's what I am, the thing that divides the world in two": both Hegel and Heidegger see human being as uniquely revealing being itself because it is uniquely representative of the original power of division. See "Nur" in Hegel and Heidegger, ''Nur'' in SZ and Der Verstand dient als Fackelträger.

b) "I'm neither one side nor the other" - see Neither:

TO AND FRO in shadow from inner to outershadow
from inpenetrable self to inpenetrable nonself by way of neither
as between two lit refuges
...
heedless of the way, intent on the one gleam or the other
unheard footfalls only sound
till at last halt for good, absent for good from self and other
then no sound
then gently light unfading on that unheeded neither

August 19, 2004 in Beckett, Space of the door | Permalink

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