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By Birna Bjarnadóttir

Birna Bjarnadóttir constructs a deep and complete argument for Bergsson's value as a grasp of narrative. Crossing centuries, oceans, and continents, her contextualization of Bergsson's aesthetics stretches from his local land's literary culture to the cultural domain names of Europe and North and South the USA.

Her research of his rules on attractiveness, love, and trust, awarded as a discussion among Bergsson and diverse different writers and philosophers - Plotinus, Augustine, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Blanchot - is a remarkable mirrored image on probably the most very important questions of contemporary instances.

Recesses of the Mind introduces a profound author to the foreign level. The book's exploration of the cultural outer edge is both major, suggesting new interpretative ideas for contemplating cultural contributions from remoted locations.

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You shouldn’t resist that desire. ” But a thought is not exactly a person, even if it lives and acts like one. A thought demands a loyalty which makes any slyness difficult. 7 Here we see the results of a quest that is just as paradoxical in nature as is the one discussed earlier. As far as the emotions go, an idea is not quite the same as a person. The prey is therefore only dealt with in the mind, and, as a result, the man’s solitude is amplified. Here we are also reminded of how a person’s loyalty to his/her own thoughts, his/her emotional honesty, makes any kind of shiftiness or cunning impossible.

My need for physical intimacy grows with the years, and I hardly care what it is, it grows at the same rate as my powers and intellect diminish. This simple healthy man I have inherited is therefore not only a physical need for me, and compensation for my waning strength, but he also becomes more and more the focus of my thinking and a riddle for me as time goes on. My spiritual pleasure and astonishment over his appearance and behaviour have outgrown the physical. (188) Who is this man in a basement in modern Reykjavík who is playing with his prey at will?

He who wishes to be alone with his prey in Berlin well over 16 Recesses of the Mind 150 years earlier? Who is this “prey”? Constantin has no connection to this basement tragedy played out in the Reykjavík of today, his love of the idea of the repetition of life and art notwithstanding. 5 The ancient Greeks, Constantin says, believed that all knowledge was memory, that all that exists has existed before. When people say, however, that life is repetition, they are saying: the life that exists now is at this moment coming into existence.

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