Monday, May 09, 2016


"If you enter this world, what will strike you first is its total absence of color. It's a furrowed, battered, bristly world of rugged places and reliefs, enormous fixed or moving waves. But the sea in it is neither green nor blue; it is gray, black, or white. White above all..."

"In Melville's work, whiteness returns like a leitmotiv of demoniacal horror...Melville suffers from a very special kind of color blindness: he is condemned to strip things of their colored appearance, condemned to see white."

—page 138, from "Herman Melville's Moby Dick" by Jean-Paul Sartre, as found in Selected Prose: The Writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, Volume 2

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