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Book Title: On the Abolition of All Political Parties|
The author of the book: Simone Weil
Date of issue: January 2nd 2013
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.50 MB
Edition: Black Inc.
Read full description of the books On the Abolition of All Political Parties:‘Political parties are a marvellous mechanism ... If one were to entrust the organisation of public life to the devil, he could not invent a more clever device.’
Here Simon Leys translates for the first time into English an essay by the remarkable Simone Weil – philosopher, activist, mystic – which makes a case for the corrupting effect of political parties on political life, and calls for their abolition. This is a dazzling account of the perils of political conformity, written with brilliant clarity and wit.
It is combined with an essay by the Nobel Prize-winner Czeslaw Milosz ‘on the importance of Simone Weil’ and an essay by Leys on the influence of Weil, especially on Albert Camus. The result is a jewel-like volume which showcases some of the finest minds of the last century.
‘What makes her thought so special, so bracing and so strange, is its combination of philosophical rigour and spiritual compass.’ - The Australian
‘An extraordinary little book.’ - Spectator
Simone Weil (1909–43), a brilliant student of philosophy and classics, in her short life was a factory worker, farm labourer and teacher, as well as volunteering for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and assisting the Free French in London. Her books include Gravity and Grace, The Need for Roots and Waiting for God. Albert Camus described her as ‘the only great spirit of our time’; the New York Times as ‘one of the most brilliant and original minds of twentieth-century France’; and Susan Sontag wrote in the New York Review of Books that ‘anything from Simone Weil’s pen is worth reading.’
Simon Leys is a writer, sinologist, essayist, literary critic and author of The Hall of Uselessness, Other People’s Thoughts, The Death of Napoleon and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper.
Read information about the authorSimone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist. Weil was born in Paris to Alsatian agnostic Jewish parents who fled the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany. Her brilliance, ascetic lifestyle, introversion, and eccentricity limited her ability to mix with others, but not to teach and participate in political movements of her time. She wrote extensively with both insight and breadth about political movements of which she was a part and later about spiritual mysticism. Weil biographer Gabriella Fiori writes that Weil was "a moral genius in the orbit of ethics, a genius of immense revolutionary range".
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