Monday, March 26, 2007

Bouvard et Pécuchet et Spinoza (et Swanson aussi)

Bouvard and Pécuchet after reading Spinoza's Ethics:

"They felt as if they were in a balloon, at night, in the glacial cold, carried along in an endless rush toward a bottomless abyss-with nothing around them but the ungraspable, the immobile, the eternal. It was too much. They gave up."

-Gustave Flaubert, Bouvard et Pécuchet (trans. Mark Polizzotti, pg. 193).


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