Title: Paroxysm : Interviews with Philippe Petit
Publisher: Verso, London - New York
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First English Edition
120 pp. Uncredited foreword and afterword. Transcriptions of interviews divided into seven chapters. Notes. First English language translation of the original French publication "Le Paroxyste Indifférent : Entretiens avec Philippe Petit" by Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 1997. Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. Black textured paper covered boards with stamped gilt titles on the front panel and backstrip. Very slight splay to the front panel of the boards. Slight shelf wear and soiling to panels and rubbing at extremities. No dustjacket as issued. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007317
Synopsis: Closely interviewed by the French journalist Philippe Petit, Baudrillard covers a vast range of topics, including Fukuyama, 1989 and the collapse of Communism; Bosnia, the Gulf War, Rwanda and the New World Order; globalization and universalization; the return of ethnic nationalisms; the nature of war; revisionism and Holocaust denial; Deleuze, Foucalt, Bataille and Virilio; nihilism and the apocalyptic; the practice of writing; virtual reality; the west and the East; the culture of victimhood and repentance; human rights and citizenship; French intellectuals and engagement; the nature of capitalism today; consumer society and social exclusion; liberation; death, violence and necrophilia; reality, illusion and the media; and destabilization of all aspects of life including sexuality.
Baudrillard?s answers?which span politics, philosophy and culture?are concise, witty and trenchant, and they serve as both an accessible introduction to his ideas for the unfamiliar and a fascinating clarification of recent positions for the connoisseur.
About the Author: Jean Baudrillard (1929?2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.
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