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All the King's Horses (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) [Paperback]

Michèle Bernstein
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11 Nov 2008 Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
A Situationist International roman a clef, written by Guy Debord's first wife, a founder of the movement and one of its influential thinker.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (11 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584350652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584350651
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michele Bernstein was a founding member of the Situationist International with her first husband Guy Debord. After the end of the SI, she became a literary critic for the French left-wing magazine Liberation. Artist, critic, and gallerist John Kelsey cofounded the artists' collective The Bernadette Corporation, author of the novel Reena Spaulings (Semiotext(e)).

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3.0 out of 5 stars More than just a situ curiosity 15 Jan 2009
I am a bit of a situationist completist and bought this book to keep my library up-to-date. Was I merely fetishizing the return of some better-forgotten book commodity? Perhaps, but I did not expect much. The situationists were no fans of the novel form and Bernstien, apparently, only wrote this book in order to bring in some cash.

The limitations of the 'dead art' of novel writing are clearly pushed to extremes throughout. The characters are thin charactures of the situ gang, the plot is scant and tedious, the dialogue pretentious. This was no doubt Bernstien's intention. Representing the activities of her and her friends in this manner - a novel - served to give them a perspective on their real activity, lifting the weight of cliche they had to bend to in their lives. I think it should be read like this; as a fictional account of the 'lifestyle' the group pursued so that it could be held at a distance and not swallow them whole. In this sense it is successful, whether it is good or not is somewhat beside the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Tired Horses 4 Dec 2013
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This is a really interesting and intimate story by Michele Bernstein. Bernstein was one of a select few members of The Situationist International. The SI began in France and Bernstein was likely an early participant. Unfortunately, the women of SI were often overlooked as were all women in this time period. None the less, though not as revolutionary as the anarchist texts, Bernstein's story is captivating and a wonderful book in which I will continue to return to. Other members of the SI include Guy Debord who wrote the society of the spectacle and raoul vaneigem. Though, don't expect the type same material as found here. 5/5
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