Night

 

The one who consecrates onself to a work is appealed to the point where it is subjected to proof of its possibility. Is a nocturnal experience, it is the experience of the night. In the night everything is disappeared. This is the first night. Here absence approaches – silence, repose, night. […] But when everything has disappeared in the night, ‘everything has disappeared’ appears. This is the other night. Night is this apparition: ‘everything has disappeared.’ It is what is sensed when dreams replace sleeping, when the dead pass into the bottom of the night, when the bottom of the night appears in those who have disappeared. Apparitions, phantoms, and dreams are an allusion to this empty night.

 

Maurice Blanchot

The Space of Literature, 1955