For it is the duty of the good man to teach others the good that you could not work because of the malignity of the times or of fortune, so that when many are capable of it, someone of them more loved by heaven will be able to work it.
You should - that is, read the chapter on savages, barbarians and civilises. One of the great essays on universal history. Has to be read with the Grundrisse, and vice versa. Just avoid the temptation to use D and G's vocabulary, an adhoc and insurrectionary thing that was, I think, supposed to provoke a flowerinng of other vocabularies, instead of the dismal mimicry that ensued. Put it in your own words.
You've hit the exact point as to why I should - now do I use my Minnesota press edition or invest in the new penguin in a bid to bribe my super-ego that I'm reading a new book?
Whichever is prettiest, of course.
I have to say, and I hope this doesn't make me a pathetic fanboy, I was really excited to see Penguin publish it. Though I wish they hadn't simply republished the old Minnesota version and re-typeset it.
Yes I was (rashly) hoping it would be a new translation or come with a new introduction. It looks great, and I'm furthest from a fan of D&G...
Astonishing as it may seem now, Anti-Oedipus was originally published by Viking Press in the US in 1977. (I remember how strange it was to lay eyes on the Viking name on the spine of the only copy I've ever seen.) Minnesota reprinted this edition - as is, as near as I can tell - in 1983. Viking Press is now owned by Penguin, so, I suppose, "De- and Re- territorialisation."
I didn't know that. Penguin/Viking had the Foucault stuff as well. I suppose there was a missed opportunity for Penguin/Viking to become something like Gallimard or Seuil, then I could have another publisher turning down my proposals today...
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