By Chris Danta
This is often the 1st book-length research of the way 3 vital ecu thinkers—Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot—use the Binding of Isaac to light up the sacrificial scenario of the literary author. Danta indicates that literature performs an important and heretical function in those 3 writers' hugely idiosyncratic money owed of the Akedah. His declare is twofold: first of all, that every one 3 authors decide to reply to the Genesis narrative through manifesting literature; and, secondly, that every heretically endows literature—or fiction—with the ability to droop the sacrifice.
Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac is usually learn because the tale of religion in motion. yet what does it suggest to play the sport of not-quite-belief with the tale of spiritual religion? via studying the literary and heretical remedies of Isaac's sacrifice within the paintings of Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot, this booklet develops an unique account of literature as a kind of sacrificial pondering. for every, writing acts, like God's sacrificial call for of Abraham, to droop the writer's ordinary relation to his day-by-day and earthly obligations.