Christopher Bray

The socialist thinker who imagined ‘transforming her body and soul into potatoes’ to feed the poor

Of Wolfram Eilenberger’s four intellectual heroines, Simone Weil alone really counts as a ‘visionary’, forsaking philosophy for a kind of saintly mysticism

Simone Weil – the only one of the foursome who really counts as a visionary. In the second world war she imagined feeding the poor by ‘transforming her body and soul into potatoes’. [Getty Images]

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