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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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Louis Pierre Althusser — was one of the most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century. Nov 25, Lauren Moos rated it really liked it. Alex rated it guture was amazing Jun 29, Written four years after the murder of his wife, Althusser goes on to reflect 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 Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir by Louis Althusser

The world-renowned French philosopher was immediately confined to an insane asylum where he authored this memoir–a profound yet subtle exercise in documenting madness from the inside.

I cannot turn away from his story. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Sign up to receive offers and updates: As a precaution I even resorted lastss occasion to insane remarks and ripostes.

The world-renowned French philosopher was immediately confined to an insane asylum, and his murderous act was officially deemed “temporary insanity. There he wrote the second of the two memoirs published in this volume, which were donated after his death in to the IMEC, the Institute for the Memory of Contemporary Publishing in Paris.


In addition, aspects of Althusser’s project have served as inspiration for Analytic Marxism as well as for Critical Realism. Return to Book Page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


How does one come to terms with the author of a book of this kind? I am referring to myse “I also experienced extreme anguish and repulsion at the idea that someone wanted to ‘get their hands on me’.

I have found his structuralist interpretations of Capital to be extremely insightful, as well as his work on Marx’s ‘epistemological break,’ though his Freudian and Lacanian readings of M Althusser became one of the most respected and interesting philosophers of Marxism in France during the ‘s and 60’s, which is no small accomplishment considering the fact that practically every intellectual was writing about Marx at the same time.

Both narratives describe the people LA knew at the l’Ecole. He always knows that he killed her, but he tells a story that tries he uses to try to explain why he did it. Be the first to discover new talent! Apr 20, Chris Radjenovich rated it it was amazing. The post murder, LA describes the problems associated with being found incompetent to stand trial and long term institutionalization.

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The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir

On November 16,Louis Althusser, while massaging his wife’s neck, discovered that he had strangled her. Jan 25, Abailart rated it it was amazing. 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.

Part two, “The Facts,” written before the murder inis straightforward and condensed, reiterating the themes of part one in a lighter mode. And like all intellectuals, he was not infallible.

Luke Revel-Burroughes rated it really liked it Aug 03, Lists with This Book. There was a problem adding your email address. The motive is uncertain, but about Althusser’s depressions there’s no confusion: Paperbackpages. He was a kind, humble, melancholic man who spent his althuaser toiling for revolution and academic kudos.


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.

Meanwhile, leading French thinkers–Foucault, Lacan, Derrida- -briefly appear in the text, but Althusser, insulated by his self- preoccupation and misery, reveals little about them or the intellectual ferment of his times.

Born fkreverLouis Althusser was one of the most influential French thinkers of the post-war period. Though this influence is not always explicit, Althusser’s work and that of his students continues to inform the research programs of literary studies, political philosophy, history, economics, and sociology. To see ftuure your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Althusser does not apologize for this terrible action, but he does attempt to explain it.

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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”. Even if you skip around, it is a good read. Oct 06, Mr.

I did not know who he was and I could not parse the course description. Above all, it contained the sound of the third person pronoun ‘lui’ which deprived me futyre any personality of my own, summoning as it did an anonymous other. Althusser is a French philosopher who wrote about Marx yawn, now I know why I never heard of him…. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!