« Un visage d’homme, tout simplement » : visage, exil et poésie dans l’Exode de Benjamin Fondane


Abstract: The theme of the face and that of exile are tracked throughout Fondane’s poetic work, with a special focus on The Exodus, his great dialogic poem that he began in 1934 and completed during the War. The question that the poem poses is the following: how does one sing on the banks of Babylon? The theme of the exile is associated with the impossibility of the song. Be it a cry or a prayer, the poem is the only language capable of changing the world and awakening God. Poetry remains the only redemption of freedom, of a superior irresignation.