Conversation with Spinoza by Goce Smilevski
A Cobweb Novel (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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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.

About Goce Smilevski

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Goce Smilevski was born in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1975 and is the author of three novels. In 2002, Conversation with Spinoza won the Macedonia National Novel of the Year Award.Filip Korženski is an English teacher and professional translator who lives and works in his native Skopje, Macedonia.
Published May 12, 2006 by Northwestern University Press. 152 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In order "[t]o understand my contempt for tears," Spinoza goes on to tell his life story: the early death of his mother, his rejection of all romance, the books he wrote and the ideas he cultivated—it's a life free from emotion or desire, lived according to his ideals.

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