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Brilliant, so much missed.
on 3 July 2013
I knew Judt a little, from his contributions to the London Review of Books, where I always enjoyed his essays. This book is a treat and, to be sure, this man minces no words: as a frustrated reader (failed) of Althusser I was delighted to see his described as 'Higher Drivel' and his disingenuous autobiography identified as such; throughout Judt is as determined in his opinions, firmly reinstating Camus as a man to take seriously (while dismissing the philosophy); his appreciation of Edward Said will annoy half of Israel (significantly, tellingly NOT the others, who won't call him a self-hating jew, which one can see coming from elsewhere); his rehabilitation of Koestler made me reconsider this rather forgotten figure; his piece on Levi is judicious and confirms one in one's wonder at this astonishing, admirable man....I could go on, but take it from me, there is a treat on every page: you may disagree with him but Judt is very intelligent, deeply learned, interesting and has written what for me is a real page-turner. And it repays many rereadings (three for me in a year).
His cruel death has robbed us of a brilliant writer; oh for his view on the Iraq, Afghanistan and such matters. Get this book!