Violence (Big Ideas) Paperback – 10 Jan 2008
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His diagnosis of this ideology is quite delightful, producing counter-intuitive analyses that overturn what passes for common sense. Zizek rages against the reduction of love to masturbatory self-interest, the multiple hypocrisies of the Israel/Palestine conflict and the supposed liberal philanthropy of Bill Gates and George Soros. There is a fascinating analysis of the scenes of torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, which display, Zizek rightly contends, nothing more than the obscene underside of American culture. (Simon Critchley Independent)
[A]n exhilarating, unsettling read. (The Dubliner)
His prose is dense but never foggy, graced by a wealth of jokes and anecdotes. (Arena)
An essay by the 'Elvis of cultural theory' is wisely chosen to launch a handsome new series on 'Big Ideas'. Violence is nothing if not an exciting read; provocative ideas abound on every page. (Mark Vernon Philosophy magazine)
(I)t is invigorating to find a publisher tackling the great questions of our age... Zizek's thoughtfully provocative book examines violence... the reader is treated to an enjoyable and dazzling display of intellectual pyrotechnics. (Jewish Chronicle)
In a series of fascinating essays, he locates the ruthless pursuit of profit in the structure of language: one linguistic sign leads to the next, pushing desire beyond proper limits in a consumerist thirst for more. (TLS)
'The Elvis of cultural theory' confirms his status as the most exciting philosopher in recent history as he explores the nature of violence in typically controversial style. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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If you are a Zizek fan, this is too exciting a book to not have in your collection. If you are new to Zizek, this is a wonderful place to start. If you are not a fan of Zizek, you are missing out on some wonderful platforms for debate and philosophizing. This book is such a platform, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject matter.
That having been said, a number of his 'look at things from a different direction' insights are genuinely interesting, and one thing you can always, ALWAYS count on Zizek for is this: he has balls. Though his argument to get to the point is highly warbling and not particularly neat or convincing, when he states that emancipatory violence exists within the realm of love, you have to imagine Che Guevara smiling a bit in revolutionary heaven (it's not as well furnished as normal heaven, but there's more camaraderie). He will run, hell, he will CHARGE at your preconceptions, and he will show no quarter.
I would recommend reading this as part of a range of works on the subject of global violence and terrorism. It is too messy and rambling to give any coherent picture by itself, but together with his other work 'Welcome to the Desert of the Real', and such works as 'Philosophy in a Time of Terror' with Habermas and Derrida, 'Ground Zero' and 'Desert Screen' by Virilio, and such Baudrillard essays as 'The Violence of the Global' and 'The Spirit of Terrorism', it can give a good, interesting, and even (!) semi-coherent view of the world's more virulent mechanics.
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Another great book from Zizek, essential reading for any Zizek fan, Violence is a great book and an easy read, the last two chapters are my favourite part of the book.Published 13 months ago by Red
Certainly not an easly flowing read. Hear people praise and attack the book. If nothing else it certainly generates ideas and thoughts.Published 24 months ago by TheRea1Gordon
An interesting read, but much like many of Zizek's books a bit frustrating at times.Published on 29 Jun. 2014 by N. Cappleman
Some there are that opine that Slavoj Zizek is a twister. Others sincerely hold that he is in fact a typewriter. Read morePublished on 14 May 2009 by Professor Bjorn Hagforth