Novel on the greatest Dutch philosopher published in USA

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Novel on the greatest Dutch philosopher published in USA

Post by Stephen » Wed May 31, 2006 1:09 pm

Northwestern University Press (USA) has published a novel on Baruch Spinoza. The title of the novel is CONVERSATION WITH SPINOZA, and its author is Goce Smilevski (born in 1975). The novel was previosly published in R. Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia, Serbia and Monte Negro, and won several literary awards.
Some info on the novel: ... e&n=283155
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, all 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 homosexual 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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Post by Bieneke » Wed May 31, 2006 3:59 pm

Hello Stephen,

I was about to respond to your email to tell you I will add the book to the books page of, but I see that you already found another channel to advertize the book. ;-)

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