Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism Hardcover – 27 Nov 2014
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The most dangerous philosopher in the West (Adam Kirsch New Republic)
Žižek is a thinker who regards nothing as outside his field: the result is deeply interesting and provocative (Guardian)
The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades (Terry Eagleton)
Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation (New Yorker)
Never ceases to dazzle (Brian Dillon Daily Telegraph)
Žižek is to today what Jacques Derrida was to the '80s: the thinker of choice for Europe's young intellectual vanguard (Observer)
About the Author
Slavoj Žižek is a Hegelian philosopher, Lacanian psychoanalyst, and political activist. He is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the author of numerous books on dialectical materialism, critique of ideology and art, including Less Than Nothing, Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce and, most recently, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nowadays, writings on the crisis in capitalism are nothing new. This book is unique in that this is the most direct statement from Slavoj ZIzek on capitalism.
The "Paradise" is the promise Fukuyama outlined of the End of History following the downfall of the Soviet Union, discredited by the turn of historical events at the hands of the Neocons for whom the doctrine was addressed. The "Trouble" refers to a movie by Ernst Lubitsch.
On the contrary, the "trouble" is the manner in which ZIzek is presents his thesis. In his own inimitable style, Slavoj Zizek examines the present state of global capitalism. Based on lectures given in South Korea, Zizek discusses the crisis in capitalism in medical and faux medical terms of diagnosis, cardiognsis, prognosis and epignosis. The diagnosis, the present state, cardiognosis (his term), and prognosis, "what is to be done." He also offers his epignosis, a term borrowed from theology, what the new capitalism looks like.
Zizek says that the cure of the crisis in capitalism comes not from capitalism but from communism. A daring hypothesis but one never fully or systematically discussed in the book. He is very vague on this cure. As in previous endeavors, Zizek frequently diverts into cultural observations and such musings are distracting.Read more ›
As Zizek goes, at least it's a relatively easy read: a super-dense soufflé compared with the supermassive intellectual black hole represented by other recent offerings like Less Than Zero and Absolute Recoil. Most of the fun, and most of the message, can be had from the book's breezy 16-page introduction, which takes in (in no particular order) a Lacanian analysis of North Korean propaganda, the etiquette of visiting Brazilian brothels, Prokofiev's ability to reconcile Stalinism with Christian Science.. plus allusions to Fukuyama, Indira Gandhi, Baudrillard, Brecht, GK Chesterton, the Mayan calendar and Psy's 1,000,000,000th You-Tube hit for his video of Gagnam Style.
Does it make any coherent sense? Does it need to? Zizek's medium increasingly seems to be some sui generis form of intellectual performance art, rather than anything that would be conventionally recognisable as political thought, critical theory or philosophy. Sadly, most of the arguments (and most of the jokes) here will be very familiar to Zizek's regular readers. There's little in this latest volume that the Slovenian maestro hasn't said before, and said better. While it's OK as an accessible point of entry into the bonkers thought-world of Slavoj Zizek, it doesn't really add anything to his existing canon of work. As such it comes across as both ferociously clever and intellectually lazy. Only cautiously recommended, and mainly to brainy left-wing masochists.
Well worth a read for the uninitiated wanting the most recent application of psychoanalysis and theory to culture and the political equilibrium as of 2014/2015 in true Zizek style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book, well written, interesting cover. Would read again.Published 9 months ago by penguni
Very readable and informative whether you agree or disagree with Zizek's political outlook.Published 15 months ago by Shem
Original and intelligent point of view. Audacious. Make interesting connections between different historical facts.Published 20 months ago by Soledad Barrera
Highly accessible and astute reading from perhaps the most insightful philosopher living today.Published 20 months ago by MR JAMES N COLES
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