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Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates
     

Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

by Slavoj Zizek
 

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Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back, complicating the choices

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Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back, complicating the choices imposed on us. It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism. It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened, and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture. Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the events.

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“Fierce brilliance ... scintillating.”—Steven Poole, Guardian (in praise of Living in the End Times)

“Never ceases to dazzle.”—Brian Dillon, Daily Telegraph (in praise of Living in the End Times)

“Žižek is to today what Jacques Derrida was to the ’80s: the thinker of choice for Europe’s young intellectual vanguard.”—Observer (in praise of Living in the End Times)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781680193
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
01/16/2013
Series:
Radical Thinkers Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,296,825
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.

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