The Bond of the Furthest ApartEssays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

The Bond of the Furthest ApartEssays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

Sharon Cameron

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226413907

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

In Robert Bresson’s cinematography the linkage of fragmented, heterogeneous images challenges our assumption that we know what things are, or the infinite ways persons, animals, and material objects can be attuned or entangled. In Bresson’s films, an aesthetic principle thus becomes an ethical instrument to carve out an ontology in which the truth of categorical fixities is menaced. The Bond of the Furthest Apart argues that Bresson’s visionary rethinkings run parallel to suppositions about individuality, ontology, and the demystification of human privilege in the philosophical fiction of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Kafka. The bond of the book’s title refers to the counterpoint and antinomy within particular works and beneath the strains of these literary and cinematic works which are kindred in their revelation of things that lure us toward them in the absence of an orienting perspective that would make what is seen precisely recognizable.