[Marxism] DANIEL BENSAID'S An Impatient Life: A Memoir

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An Impatient Life: A Memoir

by Daniel Bensaid<http://www.versobooks.com/authors/459-daniel-bensaid>



Daniel Bensaid's beautiful memoir, illuminating a life-long commitment to revolutionary struggle


Translated by David Fernbach

Introduction by Tariq Ali


In the classic tradition of the philosopher-activist, Daniel Bensaid tells the story of a life deeply entwined with the history of both the French and the international Left. From his family bistro in a staunchly red neighborhood of Toulouse to the founding of the Jeunesses communistes revolutionnaires in the 1960s, from the joyous explosion of May 1968 to the painful experience of defeat in Latin America, from the re-reading of Marx to the 'Marrano' trail, Bensa?d relates a life of ideological and practical struggle in which he unflinchingly sought to understand capitalism without ever succumbing to its temptations.


"France's leading Marxist public intellectual." - Tariq Ali

"Daniel's death is like a wound, not a sadness. A loss which leaves us heavier. However, this weight is the opposite of a burden; it is a message composed, not with words, but with decisions and acts and injuries." - John Berger

"Daniel Bensaid was my 'distant companion' ... With his disappearance, the intellectual, activist, political, and what we might call, even though the adjective is today obscure in meaning, 'revolutionary' world has changed." - Alain Badiou

"This absorbing, affecting memoir is a beautiful testament to a richly productive and dignified life...this is an energising book, a book that reminds us of the rightness of refusing the inevitability of capitalism and war, of the promise of international solidarity and socialism, of our responsibility to all those who have made sacrifices in this struggle." - Dougal McNeill, ISO<http://iso.org.nz/2014/01/20/daniel-bensaids-slow-impatience/>


Daniel Bensaid (1946-2010) taught philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, and was the author of books on Marxism, Walter Benjamin, the French Revolution and Joan of Arc. The Marxists' Internet Archive has a list of obituaries here http://www.marxists.org/archive/bensaid/obits/index.htm


Hardback, 336 pages / ISBN: 9781781681084 / January 2014 / $34.95 / ?24.99 / $38.50CAN

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