Gleams which pass

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Re: Gleams which pass

Postby sophiedegrouchy » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:32 am

Hot damn. You're...too good to be true.

A slightly modified approach to really, really back you up:
"Communisme" in that time frame, French language gets 35,200 hits.
"Communisme"+"Marx" gets...24. Welp.

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Re: Gleams which pass

Postby MmeBahorel » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:26 am

Thank god for Google Books. Trying to sort, for hours, through precursors to Marx and his hobgoblin who were *not* labeled "socialist" would have been a nightmare.
What kind of literature and what kind of life is the same question. - Tom Stoppard

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Re: Gleams which pass

Postby between4walls » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:41 am

18th Brumaire not being translated till decades later makes this unlikely, but if Hugo was aware of it, the not-so-indirect accusation of bad faith in it could have given him a personal reason to be annoyed with Marx. "Victor Hugo, out of pretended liberalism..." However, it's a throwaway reference in a single line buried in a long article in a foreign language; I doubt he knew or cared.
Here day embraces night, and says: I will die with you and you will be reborn with me. From the heavy embrace of all desolations springs faith.

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