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Blood and logic

Michael Dummett, 6 January 1994

Politics, Logic and Love: The Life of Jean van Heijenoort 
by Anita BurdmanFeferman.
A.K. Peters, 415 pp., £19.95, November 1993, 0 86720 286 6
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... had left the town; and so he died, coughing his life’s blood up into a china basin. It was, Anita Feferman tells us, this astonishing answer to the question she asked van Heijenoort during the first of many interviews, ‘What is your earliest memory?’, that moved her to write his story. She recounts the varied episodes of his life clearly and ...

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