The Illusion of the End

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“Vintage Baudrillard—compelling, diabolically clever, outrageous, wounded, ironic, refreshing, and certainly controversial. It is a most original meditation on the theme of history, on its shape or trajectory, and the human fate bound up with it.”—Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine
“There are three reasons for celebrating this translation. First, for the first time we are up to date with Baudrillard’s ideas. Second, with the exception of Chapter 1, the material is new. . . . Third, the publishers have not added or omitted anything to the text in its translation. . . . Baudrillard weaves his argument as brilliantly as one has come to expect.”—Environment and Planning
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"Vintage Baudrillard—compelling, diabolically clever, outrageous, wounded, ironic, refreshing, and certainly controversial. It is a most original meditation on the theme of history, on its shape or trajectory, and the human fate bound up with it."—Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine

"There are three reasons for celebrating this translation. First, for the first time we are up to date with Baudrillard's ideas. Second, with the exception of Chapter 1, the material is new. . . . Third, the publishers have not added or omitted anything to the text in its translation. . . . Baudrillard weaves his argument as brilliantly as one has come to expect."—Environment and Planning

"Baudrillard theorizes poetically about cultural and political phenomena of the last ten years—the collapse of communism, the Gulf War, the globalization of culture, scientific experimentation with nature and human life. . . . He announces with panache and black humor . . . there is neither progress nor resolution, but an indefinite recurrence of old forms, recycled and illusory. Clever and erudite, good reading."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804725019
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Baudrillard was born in Reims in 1929, and now lives in Paris. From 1966 to 1987 he taught sociology at the University of Nanterre. His many works include The Mirror of Production, Simulations, Cool Memories and America.

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Table of Contents

Translator's acknowledgements
Pataphysics of the year 2000 1
The reversal of history 10
The ascent of the vacuum towards the periphery 14
The event strike 21
The thawing of the East 28
The strategy of dissolution 34
The Timisoara massacre 54
The illusion of war 62
Catastrophe management 66
The dance of the fossils 72
Maleficent ecology 78
Immortality 89
How can you jump over your shadow when you no longer have one? 101
Exponential instability, exponential stability 110
Hysteresis of the millennium 115
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