Sidharth Vardhan

Dying and the Death Sentence

(A review of Death Sentence, A novel (1948) by Maurice BlanchotFirst written on March 20, 2018) The first half is narrator talking about his dying wife, J. – who strangely looked more and more like a child closer she got to death and even came back to life after her first death once. J.’s reactions to her own approaching death. “Every minute stolen from solitude and fear was an inestimable boon for J. She fought with all her strength for one single minute: not with supplications, but inwardly, though she did not wish to admit it. Children are that way: silently, with the fervor of hopeless desire, they give orders to the world, and sometimes the world obeys them. The sickness had made a child of J.; but her energy was too great, and she could not dissipate it in small things, but only in great things, the greatest things.” Maurice Blanchot (Death Sentence) …..or narrator’s attitude towards her (or later as he tries to get over death) seem to justify the title. “The only difference, and it was a large one, was that I was living in proud intimacy with terror; I was too shallow to see the misery