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5.0 out of 5 stars traces of the man, September 16, 2008
This review is from: Learning to Live Finally: The Last Interview (Paperback)
There are memorable insights into the man Jacques Derrida in this short book. Removed from the rarefied philosophical air of his works, we find him at home with his main support, his wife Marguerite - and an open suitcase - as he faces death. The theme of survival and self-preservation is uppermost in his thoughts and that the traces he has left along the way signify both his impending death and the hope these traces survive him. He is aware of the inbuilt contradictions in his thought and writing `I am at war with myself,' he says and makes no apology - `that is life.' The only disappointing aspect for me is his articulation of a utopian European dream, emerging from political dislocation and crisis, but this does not detract from a thoroughly worthwhile read. Along the way Derrida leads you into some of his texts and the chronologically arranged Selected Bibliography at the end is most useful.
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