Wittgenstein Jr (Hardcover)

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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 story
The 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.

About the Author


LARS IYER is the author of two books on Blanchot ("Blanchot s Communism: Art, Philosophy, Politics" and "Blanchot s Vigilance: Phenomenology, Literature, Ethics") and the novels "Spurious" (which was "3: AM Magazine" s Book of the Year in 2011), "Dogma," and "Exodus." His literary manifesto, Nude in Your Hot Tub, Facing the Abyss, appeared in "Post Road" and "The White Review.""
Product Details
ISBN: 9781612193762
ISBN-10: 1612193765
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 226
Language: English