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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel Press,London; New edition edition (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946061157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946061150
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published in 1974, Leaving the 20th Century was the first collection of Situationist writing in English. Chris Gray, its editor, was himself a member of the Situationist International. Long out of print, it has gained an enormous reputation and now is its time for a new generation of readers to take up this remarkable book.

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Summer of 1958: number one of a new, unusually glossy, avant-garde magazine, Internationale Situationniste, began to appear around the Latin Quarter of Paris. Read the first page
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2004
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Firstly, this is neither a textbook on, nor an introduction to, the art/science of situationism. This is what was written by those involved when nothing like it had ever been said before. This does mean that it doesn't make for good holiday reading. It also means, however, that you aren't simply reading the retrospective thoughts of some outsider with nothing but hyperbole and uncritical praise to add to the subject matter. The ideas, in this case, are allowed to speak for themselves and the reader is allowed to draw their own conclusion on whether they are vital and true or detatched, rambling nonsense. And it is, at times, hard to tell the two apart when dealing with situationists. The range of subjects illuminated on in this book is undeniably impressive, however. Contributions range from populist propaganda to deeply theoretical musings from the likes of the lovably cryptic Guy Debord, and nothing here will allow skim-reading. If there is an underlying logic to the order of selections here i confess it eludes me, but this only reinforces the fact that no-one involved in this book is trying to make it easy for you. Anyone claiming to be interested in the subject should read this book, but it probably isn't wise to do so if you have no prior knowledge of the subject.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 1999
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A 'change your life' type of book. The best stuff on the MIllenium I've read so far. Insightful, critical, destructive, beautiful - a delight to read.
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