Abstract: Mallarmé’s poetics gives shape to a form of presence that may be supported not by a spectral but rather by a pure, nude, simple absence. Pure would be the absence of a being that had never been: therefore, what has never been, but without any existence. Nudity is reviled, pushed up to a kind of presence, not that of a being, but that of a “literary mechanism”, of fiction. The pure absence of fiction: fictional presence, play and deconstruction.
Keywords: absence, nudité, sonorité, christianisme, fiction, néant