This book argues for the transformative potential for philosophy and political practice of the thought of Maurice Blanchot. It traces Blanchot's complex negotiations of the thought of Kojève, Heidegger, Bataille and Levinas, which allow him to develop his distinctive account of the work of art and his account of the opening to the other person. Blanchot's Communism also examines the significance of Blanchot's interventions in French political life, in particular, his participation in the Events of May 1968.
Lars Iyer is the author of a trilogy of novels, SPURIOUS, DOGMA and EXODUS. The series has received rave reviews in nearly all major literary publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Spectator and The Believer.
SPURIOUS won 3:AM's 'Best novel of 2011' award, was a finalist for the Guardian Not-the-Booker Award, and was shortlisted for The Believer award.
DOGMA was profiled as one of the Books of the Year in The Observer.
Lars Iyer has also written two scholarly books on the work of Maurice Blanchot, and teaches philosophy at Newcastle University, UK.