The Neva Foundation sponsored a publication of Geneviève Piron's study on Lev Shestov's work (Kiev, 1866 - Paris, 1938), who was one of the few Russian philosophers who emigrated abroad, along with Nicolas Berdiaev, who received significant recognition in the Western world. The fight of Lev Shestov against the constraining power of general ideas, against the historicism, Hegelianism, his search of absolute freedom, interconnected with the magical power of faith, had a great influence on several generations of European intellectuals up until now (Gabriel Marcel, Albert Camus, Georges Bataille, Paul Celan, Yves de Bonnefoy).
Geneviève Piron aimed at establishing the links between the two periods of the philosopher’s life and work. On the basis of the newly available archives (L. Shestov’s Archive at the Sorbonne), she reconstructed his dialogue with his Russian friends from the beginning of the 20th century (D. Merejkovski, N. Berdiaev, S. Boulgakov, V. Ivanov) and studied his “inner laboratory”, his notebooks and manuscripts. This book elucidates some mysteries in the life and religious concept of Lev Shestov, and reveals the work of one of the most brilliant representatives of the Silver Age.
L’Age d’Homme Publishing, Lausanne, 2010. Preface by Prof. Georges Nivat
Photo: Lev Shestov in 1910s, Museum of the Institute of Russian Literature, Saint-Petersburg
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