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Althusser, Louis (Translated by Richard Veasey) . THE FUTURE LASTS FOREVER: A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: The New Press, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 365 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author/philosopher's memoirs, published posthumously. It is, perhaps ironically, his single greatest book. It is, unquestionably, one of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Published simultaneously in the United Kingdom in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The title of the British Edition is "The Future Lasts A Long Time", which is more precise, but less poetic, than the American version. Both editions precede and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Louis Althusser's "L'avenir dure longtemps" in a brilliant translation by Richard Veasey. A manic-depressive with a lifelong history of mental illness, Althusser famously strangled his wife Helene to death. The murder was ascribed to temporary insanity, and after two years in a mental hospital, he was permanently released. But Althusser never really fully recovered and died shortly after his release. He devoted the remaining years of his life to writing this curiously vital book. The present edition includes as an addendum an illuminating earlier text, "The Facts", which appears in English translation and book form for the very first time. "A confession, an autobiography. It's hard to know what to call this magnificent text. What is apparent is it's one of the most surprising, most moving, and most intellectually enriching books one might hope to read" (Didier Eribon). At the height of his fame and powers as a philosopher, Althusser's reputation and influence exceeded everyone else's, including Jacques Derrida's and Michel Foucault's. Is it too much to surmise that he used philosophy ("reason") to shield himself from his own madness ("un-reason") ? As such, his memoirs, whose literary quality has received near-unanimous praise, surpass all of his coldly analytical texts. Like Roland Barthes towards the end of his life, Althusser finally bares his soul, which is something neither Foucault nor Derrida could ever do, and in the process, has written a book that will probably remain his canonical achievement. An absolute "must-have" title for Louis Althusser collectors. This title is now collectible. Thsi is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest philosopher/writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 1565840879. $50.00

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