How important, among Jacques Derrida's works is "The Post Card"? Is it, for example, more important than "Glas," which the University of Nebraska Press published in 1986 in a $40 English translation by John P. Leavey Jr., with a $40 companion volume of commentary entitled "Glassary"?
The word glas means "knell" in French. Derrida's "Glas" tolls the knell of Western thought by juxtaposing (in parallel columns with extended commentary) passages from the 19th-Century German philosopher G. W. F. Hegel--who saw himself and has been seen by many others as the culmination of all philosophy--with passages from the late, spectacularly obscene, disreputable, perverted, sociopathic French playwright--I list only those qualities for which the man was most celebrated--Jean Genet.
Given Hegel's importance to philosophy and Genet's to modern literature (Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a famous book on Genet entitled "Saint Genet") and given the scope of Leavey's exegesis of Derrida's book on the two of them (320 pages of word-by-word analysis), "Glas-Glassary" might seem more worthy of review than "The Post Card," which takes as its proximate subject the work of a French psychoanalyst well enough known, to be sure, but not nearly so distinguished, even in the restricted domain of psychoanalysis, as Hegel and Genet in the larger ones of philosophy and literature.