By Francis Wheen
"A impressive ebook, by means of an exceptional writer, a couple of worthwhile man."—Christopher Hitchens
In this beautiful booklet, the 1st finished biography of Marx because the finish of the chilly struggle, Francis Wheen supplies us now not a socialist ogre yet a desirable, eventually humane guy, whereas nonetheless analyzing the criticisms of his detractors. A research in contradictions, Karl Marx was once instantly a reserved student, a fiery agitator, and a gregarious socialite, whereas his mind and beliefs have been as soon as defined as "Rousseau, Voltaire, and Hegel fused into one person." He lived either on the middle and at the fringes of his age, and his oratory and writing proceed to alter the modern international. In his interesting, offbeat type, Wheen deals an eminently readable biography of 1 of history's such a lot unforgettable figures. "Wheen's portrait of Marx's lifestyles is artfully formed and makes delectable reading."—New York occasions "A great portrait of Marx.... Bravo!"—A. N. Wilson "[E]xpertly researched, admirably goal, eminently humane, and lots entertaining."—Boston publication Review
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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.
Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....
It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.
Karl Marx: A Life by Francis Wheen