The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir. Louis Althusser, Author, Richard Veasey, Translator New Press $25 (p) ISBN In a curiously lucid and compelling narrative, Althusser (), a distinguished neo-Marxist French intellectual, explains his life. The Future Lasts. Forever:The Failure of Auto-Redemption. Catherine A. Poisson. On the 16th of November, , the French philosopher,. Louis Althusser.
The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir by Louis Althusser
Those who knew Althusser understood that whatever fit of madness induced him to strangle Helene was not brought on by the world of politics.
It is structured as a flashback, beginning with the scene of crime–the night of the strangulation–and moving backward to Althusser’s relationship with his mother, his upbringing, his relationship with Helene, his intellectual formation and the escalating mental illness that would lead to the murder.
I cannot turn away from his story. This is the book that is a very honest account of these miseries.
He went to college and never left, staying as a teacher and professional until the awful end. In that, this book seems like a classically Althusserian meditation.
Many of his friends blamed her for being such a wretch, but he takes full responsibility for his horrible behavior. Translated by Richard Veasey. Their editors’ forward, like the introduction to a very good mystery tale, frames what follows with a statement of the basic facts and with provocative questions for the reader: Jun 06, Tyler rated it liked it Shelves: In addition, his autobiography has been subject to much critical attention over the last decade. Althusser, calling himself a “missing person,” claims to be writing his memoir from this “non-place.
Lists with This Book. Louis Pierre Althusser — was one of the most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century. The lucidity of a man condemned by his madness to a living death is perhaps what gives this book its chilling edge.
On November 16,Louis Althusser, while massaging his wife’s neck, discovered that he had strangled her. The later, longer althuxser from which the volume takes its flrever is an excruciating self-interrogation with nary a humorous line.
However, this memoir is an extraordinary read. He is a provocative, colorful person who has bouts of depression and at times a contentious relationship with his eventual victim, his wife. Nov 25, Lauren Moos rated it really liked it. It was my own personal way, albeit a rather strange one of feeling I was in control of the situation or rather in supreme control of a situation that was in qlthusser beyond my con What makes Biblio different?
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The Future Lasts Forever by Althusser, Louis
He gives a good analysis of the communist party in France and what is has to offer future community organizers. Due to apparent reversals in his theoretical positions, to the ill-fated facts of Louis Pierre Althusser — was one of the most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century.
Many of the details I have to ignore – such as many references to names and publications around the Paris events – but the general thrust of his relationship with Marxism and theory is In the philosopher strangled his wife. First Thus 1st Printing.
She became the first woman he would ever kiss, initiating a tumultuous sado-masochistic relationship between them. Fodever tale becomes vastly more compelling after Althusser meets his wife Helene, who becomes a wonderfully intriguing, terribly trying character, somewhat reminiscent, I thought, foerver Nicole from “Tender is the Night”. He was named after his mother’s great love, Althusser; when Louis died at Verdun in World War I, Althusser’s mother would marry Louis’ brother, Charles, and name their son for the dead love.
In the philosopher strangled his wife. His revolutionary goals althusset not achieved and his academic input is certainly still being questioned, mostly because of the impact of this book.
This autobiography gives his side of things. Both narratives describe the people LA knew at the l’Ecole. Ships with Tracking Number! It also takes and perhaps should take a lot of personal misery. I think that my experience with psychiatry and i The class on Althusser was being offered my first semester of graduate school.
I am or so pages in, and promise you it’s a fascinating read. This is why though all narratives of self are ultimately self serving, LA post murder narrative is not so different in content. The world-renowned French philosopher was immediately confined to an insane asylum, and his murderous act was officially deemed “temporary insanity. Please provide an xlthusser address.
Douglas Johnson, a former student of Althusser’s, argues in an introduction designed for readers outside France that one should not take Althusser too seriously when he insists that he was something of a fraud as a thinker.