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Archive for July 10th, 2009

Playboy magazine has acquired the first serial rights to The Original of Laura, Vladimir Nabokov’s final, unfinished novel. According to the New York Observer, the first part will be published in November.

Project2:Layout 1To coincide with the the controversial, posthumous publication of The Original of Laura in December, Verso is publishing Speak, Nabokov, Michael Maar’s revealing new perspective on Vladimir Nabokov’s life and work. Hunting down long-hidden clues in the novels, and using the themes that run through Nabokov’s fiction to illuminate the life that produced them, Maar constructs a compelling psychological and philosophical portrait. Characteristically graceful and engaging, Speak, Nabokov offers a vital new perspective on the twentieth- century master.

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Verso 9781844673513 Ethics Politics Subjectivity

In Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas, and Contemporary French Thought, Simon Critchley takes up three questions at the centre of contemporary theoretical debate: What is ethical experience? What can be said of the subject who has this experience? What, if any, is the relation of ethical experience to politics?

Through spirited confrontations with major thinkers, such as Lacan, Nancy, Rorty, and, in particular, Levinas and Derrida, Critchley finds answers in a nuanced “ethics of finitude” and defends the political possibilities of deconstruction. Democracy, economics, friendship, and technology are all considered anew in Critchley’s bold excursions on the meaning and value of recent French philosophy.

The fifth question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:

In Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas, and Contemporary French Thought, Critchley’s reading of Derrida’s The Politics of Friendship is based on Derrida’s interpretation of which French thinker?

UPDATE:

Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 5 is now closed! The answer is:

Maurice Blanchot

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Giovanni Arrighi (1937-2009)

A memorial site has been set up by Beverly Silver allowing people to share their memories and stories of Giovanni Arrighi.

The site address is: http://www.sympathytree.com/giovanniarrighi1937/

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