Eternity by the Stars: An Astronomical Hypothesis
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Blanqui was the great conspiratorial revolutionary of the nineteenth century. Students of nineteenth-century thought will be grateful for this eloquent new translation. Frank Chouraqui's superb introduction locates Eternity in the Stars in the trajectory of Blanqui's thought and life and builds toward a crescendo that links the book to ruminations on the condition of modernity by the likes of Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Benjamin and Borges. - Warren Breckman, Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.
Blanqui's Eternity by the Stars is a must read for anyone who has been enthralled by Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, or Borges. This book should certainly be in the canon of philosophical prison literature, alongside writers like Boethius and Gramsci. - Gary Shapiro, Prof. of Philosophy, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, University of Richmond
Here rendered and admirably introduced into English for the first time by Frank Chouraqui, Blanqui's cosmological prose stands alongside Blake's later prophecies, Poe's Eureka, and Borges' Ficciones as an homage to the human mind's capacity "to see the world in a grain of sand" (and "hold infinity in the palm of your hand"). - Richard Sieburth, Professor of French, Comparative Literature, NYU