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

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Verso, 2002 - Philosophy - 154 pages
Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Zizek 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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One of Zizek's most accessible books, Welcome to the Desert of the Real! is a series of essays on terrorism and modern society and movies and...well, a whole bunch of other stuff, in true Zizek style ... Read full review

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The Missing Ink
Passions of the Real Passions of Semblance
Reappropriations The Lesson of Mullah Omar
Happiness After September 11
From Homo sucker to Homo sacer
From Homo sacer to the Neighbor
The Smell of Love

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Slavoj Zizek 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 Zizek, and many more.

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