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Blood and logic

Michael Dummett

6 January 1994
Politics, Logic and Love: The Life of Jean van Heijenoort 
by Anita Burdman Feferman.
A.K. Peters, 415 pp., £19.95, November 1993, 0 86720 286 6
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... suffered in any case from gastric ulcers. There was no one to tend him, since all the doctors and nurses had left the town; and so he died, coughing his life’s blood up into a china basin. It was, AnitaFeferman 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 ...

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