Critique of Pure Reason

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"Ewan McColl remembered his father, a Communist ironfounder, as someone who was always giving him secondhand books. He ""belonged to the generation who believed that books were tools that could open a lock which would free people..."" At age eight McColl received the works of Darwin. By fifteen he had read Gogol, Dostoevsky and the entire Human Comedy: ""They were a refuge from the horrors of the life around us... Unemployment in the 1930s was unbelievable, you really felt you"d never escape... So books for me were a kind of fantasy life... For me to go at the age of fourteen, to drop into the library and discover a book like Kant"s Critique of Pure Reason or The Mistaken Subtlety of the Four-Sided Figure... the titles alone produced a kind of happiness in me... When I discovered Gogol in that abominable translation of Constance Garnett with those light blue bindings... I can remember the marvellous sensation of sitting in the library and opening the volume and going into that world of Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin in The Overcoat or in The Nose, or The Madman"s Diary. I thought I"d never read anything so marvellous, and through books I was living in many worlds simultaneously. I was living in St Petersburg and in Paris with Balzac... And I knew all the characters, Lucien de Rubempre and Rastignac as though they were my own friends""."

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See Ewan McColl, 'Theatre of Action', pp208-10 - no further ref traceable

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Accessed on 2019/09/21 02:56:15

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