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Conversation with Spinoza: A Cobweb Novel

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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 re ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published May 12th 2006 by Northwestern University Press (first published 2002)
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Генијално. Ремек дело.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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И по втор пат, маестрално патување. Што да кажам излишно е.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jak na pierwszy kontakt z literaturą macedońską - rewelacja!
Bardzo dobra książka. GS odżegnuje się od postmodernizmu, starając się dowieść, że napisał powieść 'romantyczną'... To czemu dorzuca "smaczki", jakich nie powstydziłby się jakikolwiek pisarz oklejony łatką "POST"? Ale nie zamierzam komukolwiek psuć lektury - spojlerów nie będzie!
Ułomności (nieliczne) nikną wobec bardzo spójnej narracji i niezwykle ciekawej fabuły.
Ciekawa i mądra opowieść.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the world in books: Macedonia.
Lora Grigorova
"Разговор със Спиноза:

“Разговор със Спиноза” е постмодерен роман-паяжина, който оплита читателя от първата до последната страница. Границата между героя, който разговаря със Спиноза, и читателя е размита. Смилевски ти позволява да се включиш в разговора – там, където Спиноза се обръща към героя по име, има празни точки. Мястото за твоето име. И така романът не е написан веднъж – от Гоце Смилевски. Той се създава, променя и развива всеки път, когато още ед
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The last part of the novel, that actually isn't the novel, just a postscriptum where the author explains why he chose Spinoza as main character of his novel pretty much compensated the bland first part and the less bland and more poetic second part.
Call me a prude, but I'm not a fan when a writer oversexualizes a character's life (especially if s/he is/was REAL) - here Smilevski turns poor Spinoza into a necrophiliac (gross!) and into a latent gay (in my opinion, a bit over the top). Yes, I kno
Mira Baldaranova
Истинско предизвикателство си е романът-паяжина на Гоце Смилевски. Според писателя паяжината се отличава от лабиринта по това, че при нея откъдето и да тръгнеш, може да достигнеш до всякъде. Тук трудно ще намерите традиционната структура на едно художествено произведения – експозиция, завръзка, кулминация и развръзка. И ако все пак откриете техни елементи, ще се изненадате като ги срещнете два пъти. Следвайки развитието на философските възгледи на Спиноза, романът пресъздава живота му два пъти. ...more
Vania Stoyanova
Книгата е наречена от автора роман–паяжина и е структорирана по доста странен начин. Това наистина е един разговор със Спиноза, но не между автора и философа, а между читателя и Спиноза, говорите си, Гоце ти е избрал репликите и те вкарва в книгата. Интересен е този начин на писане и на четене разбира се, видно е че авторa има сериозни познания по темата и не е подходил лековато към нещата, а винаги е приятнo когато четеш нещо от интелигентен писател. В романа се запознаваме с човека Спиноза, вл ...more
Matt Mayevsky
Conversation with Spinoza contains the original narrative. Portions of the text are interspersed between the three POVs: narrator-observer who reported the events as a spectator; narrator-interlocutor, who turns directly to Spinoza; and the narrator-Spinoza, who replies to the reader. Smilevski the intended to write "beautiful book"; a tribute to the philosopher. It came, how it came out. The book is mostly melancholic and difficult to understand for someone who has not studied the philosophy of ...more
Rede en hartstocht. Zo zou je 'Het web van Spinoza' kunnen samenvatten. Naar analogie met de dualiteit in Spinoza's 'Ethica'. Maar een web telt meer draden. Het zijn in dit geval de kleine draadjes die het verhaal iets bijzonders meegeven. Fijne details die je pas achteraf ontdekt. Nadat Smilevski heeft verteld waarom hij een boek over Spinoza schrijft. Jammer misschien. Of net niet. Ik weet het niet, maar soms bleken de draden van het web plots te breken. En verloor ik even de leeslust. Een and ...more
Antti Sorri
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kuvitettu arvostelu Goce Smilevskin Keskustelu Spinozan kanssa on luettavissa blogistani osoitteesta:
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May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Извонредно дело од еден инзвонреден автор. Приказна која се чита во еден здив, возбудлива и интересна од почеток до крај.
Jelena Brašanac
Amazing and enchanting !
F.J. Commelin
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
An engaging novel about Spinoza and his ideas.
The same situation with a variation i thought a brilliant idea.
Spinoza's filosofy is not that easy to grasp.
Nov 04, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Liked his short story in Best European Fiction 2010
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