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Conversation with Spinoza: A Cobweb Novel
by Goce Smilevski
translated by Filip Korzenski
Northwestern University Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-0-8101-2375-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6206-8 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2376-2
Library of Congress Classification PG1196.29.M58R3913 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.81936

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Prizing ideas above all else, radical thinker Baruch Spinoza left little behind in the way of personal facts and furnishings. But what of the tug of necessity, the urgings of the flesh, to which this genius philosopher (and grinder of lenses) might have been no more immune than the next man-or the next character, as Baruch Spinoza becomes in this intriguing novel by the remarkable young Macedonian author Goce Smilevski.

Smilevski's novel brings the thinker Spinoza and his inner life into conversation with the outer, all-too-real facts of his life and his day--from his connection to the Jewish community of Amsterdam, his excommunication in 1656, and the emergence of his philosophical system to his troubling feelings for his fourteen-year-old Latin teacher Clara Maria van den Enden and later his disciple Johannes Casearius. From this conversation there emerges a compelling and complex portrait of the life of an idea--and of a man who tries to live that idea.

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