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.

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This is just the kind of joke, Johnson surmises, that brilliant Ecole Normale students like to make about never having to study.

May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Paperbackpages. Thus, I created an image of the woman I had met that was powerful enough to sustain my excessive passion His discussion around and of French intellectuals is also interesting, we get a slight glimpse at Lacan, Foucault and Ranciere, as well as some of the political goings on in postwar France. It referred to my uncle, the man who stood behind me: He says he found it helpful. The way he wrote about his wife and what she meant to him was some what beautiful.

A disturbing, demanding memoir that illustrates the alliance of genius and madness, the delusive clarity of which the insane are capable, and the enormous influence they can acquire over the thinking of others.

The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir

Fatih rated it it was ok Feb 02, Dec 06, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: At times, it is hard to take. I am sixty-seven, and though it will soon all be over, I feel younger now than I have ever done, never having had any youth since no one love me for myself. The later, longer text from which the volume takes its title is an excruciating self-interrogation with nary a humorous line.


In addition, his autobiography has been subject to much critical attention over the last decade. It was him my mother loved, not me.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. And, some say, the French government is soft on intellectuals. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Althusser’s sense, since childhood, of his own nonexistence is at its core. He writes buried alive. 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: I cannot turn away from his story.

I am or so pages in, and promise you it’s a fascinating read. Most of this book is what he wrote the couple of years he was in a mental hospital after the murder.

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 accessible.

Having murdered the one person he could relate to–and on whom he totally depended–Althusser was confined, in spite futurd public outrage, to an insane asylum, deprived by his mental condition of a public trial and defense.

Nov 03, William West rated it liked it. For example, I once replied to a young woman who wrote declaring her love, which I had been aware of for some time: Genjiro rated it really liked it May 30, Written four years after the murder of his wife, Althusser goes on to guture on the factors that led to him doing it, though he encourage readers to “judge the results for themsel “So, despite its dramas, life can still be beautiful.

The tale becomes vastly more compelling after Althusser meets his wife Helene, who becomes a wonderfully intriguing, terribly trying character, somewhat reminiscent, I thought, of Nicole from “Tender is the Night”.


Above all, it contained the sound of the third person pronoun ‘lui’ which deprived me of any personality of my own, summoning as futrue did an anonymous other. This book although quite good really lasts forever.

How does one come to terms with the author of a book of this kind? Should we listen to the madman who killed his wife, exaggerated his philosophical knowledge, suffered from dementia preacox and held shaky positions?

The motive is uncertain, but about Althusser’s depressions there’s no confusion: Sign In Register Help Cart. As a precaution I even resorted on occasion to insane remarks and ripostes. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

The two pieces, which predictably recount many of the same events from the author’s life, are haunting to read next to each other.

Jun 06, Tyler althusse it liked it Shelves: All of the agony is broken by a few chapters, roughly in the middle of “Future”, where Althusser discusses his philosophy in a wonderfully lucid, accessible way.

Translated by Richard Veasey.

The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir by Louis Althusser

Althusser is a brilliant close reader of his given name: So one is left in a strange forevee. He is a provocative, colorful person who has bouts of depression and at times a contentious relationship with his eventual victim, his wife.

Yes, the future lasts a long time. This is the book that is a very honest account of these miseries. The New Press, Savas alghusser it it was amazing Apr 23, Jan 25, Abailart rated it it was amazing.

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