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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

BOOKWORM: The Mystery Of Existence




The editor of a leading Moscow evening paper published a book last month.


Big deal, you might say. Many journalists get published and being editor helps.


But this is no ordinary effort by Alexander Lisin, of Vechernaya Moskva, whose treatise, "Ideality. Part 1: Reality of the Ideality" (Idealnost. Chast 1: Realnost idealnosty), serves as a sort of scholastic encyclopedia on the subject. "Ideality [non-materiality] remains one of the most vital mysteries of existence," he says.


"My book compels the reader to reflection and co-creativity, bringing to light the fundamental character of non-material essences that lie in the basement of the Universe," he writes, sounding more like a doctor of philosophy than a journalist.


Lisin studied journalism at Moscow State University, and for the last 10 years worked at "Vechyorka," as it is commonly called. But there was a dark spot in his career. Comrade Lisin worked in the propaganda department of the Communist Party Central Committee 25 years ago. Perhaps that's where he cultivated his taste for ideality. But, to judge by the forward, this book has nothing to do with the vulgarity associated with that institution.


"In the history of philosophical thought, the most successful schools and trends were those which took up and developed the notion of the Ideal," writes the author.


The debut of his book coincides with a notable anniversary. Russian journalist Vasily Rozanov published "On Understanding" (O ponimanii), a similarly hermetic text 100 years ago. He moved on to more earthly subjects and is now acclaimed as one of the most interesting and profound authors of the century.