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I suppose that Impressionism exists to render those queer effects of real life that are like so many views seen through bright glass — through glass so bright that whilst you perceive through it a landscape or a backyard, you are aware that, on its surface, it reflects a face of a person behind you. For the whole of life is really like that; we are almost always in one place with our minds somewhere quite other.

Ford Madox Ford

Muriel Combes has drawn out the implications of this remark in her book on Simondon, referring to the “intimacy of the common.” The common, the shared language, habits, and affects that make up the backdrop of our subjectivity, a common which exists only in and through social relations, transindividuality, is not something that we only experience in moments in collectivity, in the delusions and madness of crowds, but is always present. The reference to intimacy also underscores that what is common is not something that is exterior to our individuality, it is not some role that we play, but is constitutive. Thus, to draw the two remarks together, the eternal that we experience is perhaps the common, is the irreducible relational aspect of our existence.

La literatura policial se funda (como lo han notado Chesterton, Borges y Butor y lo ha esquematizado Todorov) en la tensión insalvable entre el crimen y el relato. En realidad es una diferencia esencial: el crimen tiende al secreto, al silencio, a la huella borrada y está fuera del lenguaje mientras que el relato hace hablar lo que se mantiene oculto, dice de más, revela y delata. En este sentido el gé­nero se funda en una paradoja: cuando el crimen es perfecto es invisible y es abstracto y por lo tanto no se lo puede reconstruir. Están sus huellas, pero sus huellas no llevan a ningún lado. (…) El crimen perfecto só­lo puede ser escrito desde la óptica del asesino. De lo contrario es só­lo un“caso”, una historia abierta y sin sentido como las que proliferan en la cró­nica roja de los diarios.

Ricardo Piglia en su prefacio a Crímenes perfectos


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