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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Both narratives have a consistent psychoanalytic interpretation that revolves around his mother and feeling like foreber really does not exist. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The author of Reading Capital, For Marx, and many other books, he lived in Paris until his death in Most of this book is what he wrote the couple of years he was in a mental hospital after the murder.

As he sees it, he spent the major part of his life–spawned by a missing father and an emotionally castrating mother–fathering forwver through philosophy and fulfilling his mother’s desires.

In the end, just another miserable match, but he loved her and needed her. He was ready to go to college right when the war began, and ended up spending five years as a p. Born inLouis Althusser was one of the most influential French thinkers of the post-war period. But The Future Lasts Forever is much more – it s a profound yet subtle exercise in documenting madness from the inside. This is the book that is a very honest account of these miseries.

And, some say, the French government is soft on intellectuals. Nov 25, Lauren Moos rated it really liked it.

I think that my experience with psychiatry and institutions made my reading of LA’s memoir more rich. This book although quite good really lasts forever.

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. He writes buried alive. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death.


Sign In Register Help Cart. Likewise, Althusser depicts his experience during WW2 where Althusser acted as a cowardly POW, toying with the idea of escaping, only to act remain torever post. Luke Revel-Burroughes rated it really liked it Aug 03, Alex rated it it was amazing Jun 29, The New Press, 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.

Should we listen to the madman who killed his wife, exaggerated his philosophical knowledge, suffered from dementia preacox and held shaky positions?


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. At times, it is hard to take. Astley Book Farm Published: Althusser is a brilliant close reader of his given name: Jun 21, Leland Pitts-Gonzalez rated it it was amazing.

He maintains that the killing of his wife was the manifestation of a kind of “suicide via a third party,” if you will. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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.

The Future Lasts Forever by Althusser, Louis

I cannot turn away from his story. 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.


A futire, 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. Ufture 12, gogo2go rated it liked it. Jin rated it liked it Feb 03, Paperbackpages. 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 rorever that was fashionable at the time.

Following the murder, Althusser was committed to psychiatric internment for a period of three years, after which he retired quietly to an apartment far from the Ecole Normale. 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.

Marcelo Troysi rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Will rated it liked it Aug 07, Jan 26, Ruth rated it liked it. I am referring to myself personally as an individual and not as a philosopher- in relation to my mad desire to love, of which I felt, knew even i was incapable.

Both narrative pay tribute to the role his wife Helene played in his life. Some of Althusser’s complaints about his parents and upbringing just seem like so much ugly self-pity. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.