Arnon Grunberg



In Derrida’s essay “First name of Benjamin” – an analysis of Benjamin’s text “Critique of Violence” Derrida writes: “The text does not escape the law [loi] that it enunciates. It ruins itself and contaminates itself; it becomes of the specter of itself.”

Of course Derrida speaks only about a particular text of Walter Benjamin, but there is something to be said for the idea that it’s a quality of all texts: they ruin themselves.

One could also argue that the text by definition tries to escape the law it enunciates.

A text is an attempt to escape the law it enunciates.