Samir Sellami (Berlin) on “Grace on a Broken Planet”

L'extrême difficulté que j'éprouve souvent à exécuter la moindre action est une faveur qui m'est faite. Car ainsi, avec des actions ordinaires et sans attirer l'attention, je peux couper des racines de l'arbre. [...] Trouver une difficulté extraordinaire à faire une action ordinaire est une faveur dont il faut être reconnaissant. Il ne faut pas demander la disparition de cette difficulté ; il faut implorer la grâce d'en faire usage.

Simone Weil, "La Pesanteur et la Grâce”, 1942

SAMIR SELLAMI

Abstract

Samir is a literary critic and scholar based in Berlin.

What are the chances for grace on a broken planet? In times like ours, it seems almost frivolous to seek conceptual refuge in the idea of grace and its aspiration to “ascend to the celestial spheres” (Sor Juana). And yet, radical efforts of graceful repair and decreation will be needed to come to terms with the brokenness of this planet. Are we able and ready to think of grace-in-the-flesh as a critical intervention into spiritual matters where matter matters as much as the spiritual?

Simone Weil: Essai sur la notion de la lecture Janvier/Mars 1946, Nouvelle Série, 1ère Année, No. 1

New contributions:

Chris Kraus (Los Angeles): Simone Weil. Two Days in February

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Mark von Schlegell: Simone Azul

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Thomas Hirschhorn (Paris): SIMONE WEIL WORKS

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