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 why though all narratives of self are forfver self serving, LA post murder narrative is not so different qlthusser content. I am or so pages in, and promise you it’s a fascinating read. At present, Althusser’s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a critical reevaluation by scholars who have benefited from the anthologization of hard-to-find and previously unpublished texts and who guture begun to engage with the great mass of writings that remain in his archives.

Moreover, he reflected on his life vis-a-vis The Communist Party of France, May 68′, and his philosophical life. The non-lieu saved Althusser from the nightmare of a trial, and possible condemnation, but its consequences were enormous.

In all honesty, I find his work to be of rather mixed value. The New Press Distributed by W. In addition, his autobiography has been subject to much critical attention over the last decade. The course turned out to be quite controversial–I guess cause LA was also controversial.

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. Foever memoir is the essence of despair and guilt–and simply masterful storytelling. He was eventually released and lived a few more years more.

Return to Book Page. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He tells a good story, and even if some of the stories cannot be fully believed, all the better. Yes, the future lasts a long time. Nov 25, Futjre Moos rated it really liked it. The Future Lasts Forever: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He’s doubtless right foreevr target about students at the Ecole, but not about Althusser.


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. We are also provided wonderful reflections on private conversations with intellectual giants like Foucault. Many received the news of his crime as a symbol of the demise of European communism. Doubtless it also said yes oui a lathusser too readily on my behalf, and I rebelled against this ‘yes,’ which corresponded to my mother’s desire rather than to mine.

The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir

Born inLouis Althusser was one of the most influential French thinkers of the post-war period. Copyright Los Angeles Times. Marcelo Troysi rated it it was amazing Mar 22, No trivia or quizzes yet. To ask other readers questions about The Future Lasts Foreverplease sign up. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death.

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: He was ready to go to college right when the war began, and ended up spending five years as a p. Find Rare Books Book Value. 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.

This is just the kind of joke, Johnson surmises, that brilliant Ecole Normale students like to make about never having to study. In the end, just another miserable match, but he loved her and needed her.

One need not be an Althusserian or even a traditional Marxist to appreciate this terrifying, sad, and wonderful book. Some lazts Althusser’s complaints about his parents and upbringing just seem like so much ugly self-pity.

The way he wrote about his wife and what she meant to him was some what beautiful. He gives a good analysis of the communist party in France and what is has to offer future community organizers.


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 Marx suffer from the kind of overwrought intellectualizing that was fashionable at the time.

Of course I compensated for these rash and crazy advances and the anxiety they caused by going over the top, investing emotionally in the situation and convincing myself i was really and madly in love. Both narratives have a consistent psychoanalytic interpretation that revolves around his mother and feeling like he really does not exist.

In the philosopher strangled his wife. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 06, Mr. Lists with This Book. Both narrative pay tribute to the role his wife Helene played in his life.

It referred to my uncle, the man who stood behind me: Above all, it contained the sound of the third person pronoun ‘lui’ which deprived me of any personality of my own, summoning as it did an anonymous other.

I think the post murder narrative is more fluid and coherent. Apr 20, Chris Xlthusser rated it it was amazing. He was voluntary and he voluntarily submitted to ECT.

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It’s bound to offend some as a “justification” for what he’s done, but Futuer himself knew this. The class on Althusser was being offered my first semester of graduate school. Be the first to discover new talent!

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.