The Station Hill Blanchot Reader is the only collection in English of Maurice Blanchot's mature fiction - the unique genre he called recits (tellings, narratives) - as well as a selection of literary/philosophical writings drawn from five of his major works. It brings together seven of Blanchot's eight Station Hill books published over the past twenty years: Vicious Circles, Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, The Madness of the Day, When The Time Comes, The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me, and ten of the eleven essays from The Gaze of Orpheus and Other Literary Essays.
Blanchot's work was also strongly influenced by his friends Georges Bataille and Emmanuel Levinas . Blanchot's later work in particular is influenced by Levinasian ethics and the question of responsibility to the Other . On the other hand, Blanchot's own literary works, like the famous Thomas the Obscure , heavily influenced Levinas's and Bataille's ideas about the possibility that our vision of reality is blurred because of the use of words (thus making everything you perceive automatically as abstract as words are) [ citation needed ] . This search for the 'real' reality is illustrated by the works of Paul Celan and Stéphane Mallarmé .