The Art of Life

Overview

This new book by Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most original and influential social thinkers writing today - is a study of the ways in which our society - the liquid modern, individualized society of consumers - influences (but does not determine) the way we construct and narrate our life trajectories.
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Overview

This new book by Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most original and influential social thinkers writing today - is a study of the ways in which our society - the liquid modern, individualized society of consumers - influences (but does not determine) the way we construct and narrate our life trajectories.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Brilliant ... To be read while listening to the Manic Street Preachers."
Steven Poole, The Guardian

"An insightful reflection on the pursuit of happiness - that state to which we are all conditioned to aspite - as well as what's wrong with the 'designs for life' we pursue in order to attain it ... Reading this definitely made me reconsider my own priorities."
Frieze

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745643267
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/11/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Warsaw and Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is wrong with happiness?.

1. Miseries of Happiness.

2. We, the Artists of Life.

3. The Choice.

Afterword: On Organizing and Being Organized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2008

    Good but not Great!

    The book starts well with reflections on happiness and why happiness is overrated but then it turns into loud incoherent musings about everything in life and society. The writing style is very frustrating since it takes time to figure out where the author is taking you and you feel as if the whole book is one long paragraph and you have no opportunity to pause and understand.

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