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5.0 out of 5 stars the future lasts forever, 24 Oct. 2007
this is a book that has left me feeling new ways for the first time. Eclectic to say the least, this biography/nostalgic reminiscing/confession reads like the most intelligent man on the couch with his analyst.

Written in hospital following the mysterious murder of his beloved Helena Althusser eloquently puts this terrible violent act into personal context.
Beginning with a short, vivid and often funny account of his childhood throughout into his political theory and philosophy, all of these elements go a long way to explain how/why he killed his wife.

I would urge anybody interested in Freud, or taking psychology to read this as psychoanalysis is essentially motivating the discourse and Althusser, having seen an anylist for most of his life, is applying it to make better sense of everything that has happened.

He is also using this book as a riposte to everybody who had dismissed his intellectual validity merely because of his mental instability.

Compelling, scary, intimate and entertaining. When art transcends human madness with normal perceptions we become privy to their madness. Just like Van Gogh's sunflowers. And we seldom have the opportunity to hear the account of the story told by the doomed. Here it is done majestically.

oh yeah, and the forwards are also excellant. Make up your own mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of self-presentation with elements of self-delusion, 25 Feb. 2013
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It's good to see ones heroes admitting to feet of clay, but methinks the maestro doth protest too much. Up there with Rousseau's Confessions as a strange admixture of self-effacement and self-aggrandisement. Highly recommended context for some fairly esoteric theory in his other works.
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The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir by Louis Althusser (Hardcover - 30 Jan. 1994)
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