The Number and the Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarmé's Coup de Dés

The Number and the Siren A Decipherment of Mallarm s Coup de D s A meticulous literary study a detective story la Edgar Allen Poe a treasure hunt worthy of an adventure novel such is the register in which can be deciphered the hidden secrets of a poem like no oth

  • Title: The Number and the Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarmé's Coup de Dés
  • Author: Quentin Meillassoux Robin Mackay
  • ISBN: 9780983216926
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • A meticulous literary study, a detective story la Edgar Allen Poe, a treasure hunt worthy of an adventure novel such is the register in which can be deciphered the hidden secrets of a poem like no other Quentin Meillassoux, author of After Finitude, continues his philosophical interrogation of the concepts of chance, contingency, infinity and eternity through a concenA meticulous literary study, a detective story la Edgar Allen Poe, a treasure hunt worthy of an adventure novel such is the register in which can be deciphered the hidden secrets of a poem like no other Quentin Meillassoux, author of After Finitude, continues his philosophical interrogation of the concepts of chance, contingency, infinity and eternity through a concentrated study of Mallarm s poem Un Coup de D s, patiently deciphering its enigmatic meaning on the basis of a dazzlingly simple and lucid insight with regard to that unique Number that cannot be another.Un Coup de D s jamais n abolira le Hasard constitutes perhaps the most radical break in the history of modern poetry the fractured lines spanning the double page, the typographical play borrowed from the poster form, the multiplication of interpolations disrupting reading But the intrigue of this poem is still stranger, always resistant to full elucidation We encounter a shipwreck, and a Master, himself almost submerged, who clasps in his hand the dice that, confronted by the furious waves, he hesitates to throw The hero expects this throw, if it takes place, to be extraordinarily important a Number said to be unique and which cannot be any other.The decisive point of the investigation proposed by Meillassoux comes with a discovery, unsettling and yet as simple as a child s game All the dimensions of the Number, understood progressively, articulate between them but one sole condition that this Number should ultimately be delivered to us by a secret code, hidden in the Coup de d s like a key that finally unlocks every one of its poetic devices Thus is also unveiled the meaning of that siren, emerging for a lightning flash amongst the debris of the shipwreck as the living heart of a drama that is still unfolding.With this bold new interpretation of Mallarm s work, The Number and the Siren offers brilliant insights into modernity, poetics, secularism and religion, and opens a new chapter in Meillassoux s philosophy of radical contingency.The volume contains the entire text of the Coup de d s and three other poems, with new English translations.

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    • My dad gave me this book on my birthday. He thought it might be interesting for me since the publisher described this work as “a detective story à la Edgar Allan Poe,” and I love detective stories. It was indeed a very fun and exciting book. But when I finished reading it, I was also left with a lot of questions whirling in my head. In this book, the author tries to decipher a famous poem that the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé wrote in 1897. The poem is called ‘Un Coup de Dés jamais n [...]


    • It's difficult to rate a book the sole thesis of which is confirmed whether or not one agrees with it, but I have to at least admire the author's inventiveness. I came to The Number and the Siren completely unfamiliar with Mallarme's Un Coup de des, so I'm probably the best candidate for a book that's promoting a highly unorthodox interpretation of it. I really dug Meillassoux's debut, After Finitude, and couldn't help but read the only other book available by him in English. And while I wish it [...]


    • Superb forensic dissection of Stephan Mallarme's late 19th century metaphysical poem THE ROLL OF THE DICE DOES NOT ABOLISH TIME. Using it as a platform for defining the new Speculative Realism in the decodification of objects through an alien phenomenology. Not so much the death of phenomenology as its natural epistemology. This is quantum linguistics. The attributions to things as they are, not as we perceive them to be through the stained glassed filters of our own humanisms. The kicker is the [...]


    • Compelling and silly at the same time. By focusing on numerological decoding of the text, it devolved into an inherently superficial reading, riddled with presuppositions of Mallarmé's intentions. That said, I didn't decide to stop reading it either, though cam close at the transition point between its two major sections. In part I think I was just enjoying reading and thinking about Mallarmé again, enough to keep me engaged in Meillassoux's project.


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