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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Althusser’s futude, they argue, is both the work of a madman and of a philosopher, both a work of imagination and a document about contemporary French intellectual history. 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. Reminiscent to many readers of Strindberg’s Diary of a Madman, Althusser’s book is clearly an explanation designed to persuade the world, and perhaps himself, of his innocence.

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On November 16,Louis Althusser, while massaging his wife’s neck, discovered that he had strangled her. He is a provocative, colorful person who has bouts of depression and at times a contentious relationship with his eventual victim, his wife.

My mother’s love, directed through me to someone who was dead, made althusder impossible for me to exist in my own right. As a precaution I even resorted lasta occasion to insane remarks and ripostes.


The Future Lasts Forever

In the philosopher strangled his wife. Jin rated it liked it Feb 03, The class on Althusser was being offered my first semester of graduate school.

Doubtless it also said yes oui a little too readily on my behalf, and I rebelled against this ‘yes,’ which corresponded to my mother’s desire rather than to mine. This volume actually contains two autobiographical writings by Althusser written several years apart, between which the philosopher strangled his wife to death in a bout of madness.

Both narratives describe the people LA knew at the l’Ecole. Althusser’s sense, since childhood, of his own nonexistence is at its core.

In the end, just another miserable match, but he loved her and needed her. Luke Revel-Burroughes rated it really liked it Aug 03, Part two, “The Facts,” written before the murder inis straightforward and condensed, reiterating the themes of part one in a lighter mode.

His memoir is the essence of despair and guilt–and simply masterful storytelling. Likewise, Althusser depicts his experience during WW2 ftuure Althusser acted as a cowardly POW, toying with the idea of escaping, only to act remain at post. Be the first to discover new talent! What makes you a great intellectual is not a dedicated, hard-working life.

Most of this book is what he wrote the couple of years he was in a mental hospital after the murder. This is a great memoir.

Miseries and the struggle to make a life from them. As he sees it, he spent the major part of his life–spawned by a missing father and an emotionally castrating mother–fathering himself through philosophy and fulfilling his mother’s desires. Katrinka rated it liked it Mar fuure, Althusser, calling himself a “missing person,” claims to be writing his memoir from this “non-place. As a result of the murder of his wife, Louis Althusser was declared unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity–in French, this is called a non-lieu.


Want to Read saving…. His scores make his case. 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 forwver intellectual was writing about Marx at the same time.

Open Preview See a Problem? By this stage of his book he is discussing his philosophy. Their editors’ forward, like the introduction lastss a very good mystery tale, frames what fhture with a statement of the basic facts and with provocative questions for the reader: So one is left in a strange position.

Some of Althusser’s complaints about his parents and upbringing just seem like so much ugly self-pity.