Wittgenstein Jr

Wittgenstein Jr

eBook - 2014
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The writer Hari Kunzru says "made me feel better about the Apocalypse than I have in ages" is back--with a hilarious coming-of-age love storyThe unruly undergraduates at Cambridge have a nickname for their new lecturer: Wittgenstein Jr. He's a melancholic, tormented genius who seems determined to make them grasp the very essence of philosophical thought.But Peters--a working-class student surprised to find himself among the elite--soon discovers that there's no place for logic in a Cambridge overrun by posh boys and picnicking tourists, as England's greatest university is collapsing under market pressures.Such a place calls for a derangement of the senses, best achieved by lethal homemade cocktails consumed on Cambridge rooftops, where Peters joins his fellows as they attempt to forget about the void awaiting them after graduation, challenge one another to think so hard they die, and dream about impressing Wittgenstein Jr with one single, noble thought.And as they scramble to discover what, indeed, they have to gain from the experience, they realize that their teacher is struggling to survive. For Peters, it leads to a surprising turn--and for all of them, a challenge to see how the life of the mind can play out in harsh but hopeful reality.Combining his trademark wit and sharp brilliance, Wittgenstein Jr is Lars Iyer's most assured and ambitious novel yet--as impressive, inventive and entertaining as it is extraordinarily stirring.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781612193779
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 29, 2016

This brilliant book does what hundreds of writers
have tried and failed to do: write an intriguing, witty,
entertaining and precise treatise on Wittgenstein's
thinking that is true to it in all its dimensions: aesthetic,
psychological, philosophical, moral, cultural.
It is not surprising that it took a terse and short work
of fiction to do this, a genre that fits the quizzical, provocative
unsparingly acute sensibility of its subject. I think
that if LW was still around and kicking, this is the book
he would smile at and say, yeah, you got it.


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