My project examines the prose writings of the Jewish-Romanian author M. Blecher: “Adventures in Immediate Unreality” (1936), “Scarred hearts” (1938), “The Lighted Burrow” (published posthumously, 1971). Specifically, I focus on representations of the body in crisis which have a larger philosophical and aesthetic importance. In Blecher’s writing disease is purely physical, and as such it lays bare the contingency of the subject. The dialectics between physical immobility and visual excess stands at the core of Blecher’s aesthetic narrative. It is therefore also the starting point of my study, which has the further aim of setting M. Blecher within a European literary context from Proust and Gide to Sartre, from Breton to Michaux.