Stefan Szczelkun

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Elephant & Castle by Matthew Fuller
Elephant & Castle by Matthew Fuller
This is a giant book packed into just 141 pages because it's not really a narrative in the classical sense it's more of a mixed media onslaught. It is a container of literary forms in a strict permutation of anarchy. You will find lists of things, often funny, neutral prose that slides in a Burroughs-esque fashion into lurid pantomime satires of bureaucratic power, poetry that sounds at times like Ferlinghetti on acid, elderly sex sandwiches, sci-fi fairy tales, but most of all it is a gruelling satire on the form. The bureaucratic form is examined thoroughly from all sides. The thing that lifts this work way above its mundane subject is that the form and its subjects, its operatives, its… Read more
Proletarian Nights by Jacques Ranciere
Proletarian Nights by Jacques Ranciere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proletarian Nights, 29 May 2012
In this book Ranciere describes the genesis of modern socialism in the minds of the workers of early C19th France by reference to worker writers of the time. The worker writers express desires that are shockingly different from the Socialism that came into being and this is Rancieeres core thesis and probably why the book has been so thoroughly ignored for all these years. Basically it builds a devastating critique of socialism that suggests that it became divorced from the desires of the class it was mean to liberate.

This is an important book and one in which Ranciere does not parade his knowledge of the classics, but writes clearly to amplify the many quoted passages by the… Read more