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Archive for July 21st, 2009

Jan Willem Stutje’s biography of one of the leading revolutionary thinkers of late capitalism, Ernest Mandel: A Rebel’s Dream Deferred, has been reviewed by Phil Hearse, editor of Marxsite, for International Viewpoint:

“Jan Willem Stutje has taken on an enormous task in writing this biography, and probably an impossible one. To evaluate Ernest Mandel means evaluating the revolutionary left in the second half of the 20th century, which means evaluating the whole trend of development in world politics.”

Read the full review here.

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The last part of Simon Critchley’s  series of blogs on Being and Time elaborates on how for Heidegger, the call of conscience is one that silences the chatter of the world and brings me back to myself:

“Heidegger insists that although his description of being-towards-death is formally or ontologically correct, it needs more compelling content at what Heidegger calls the “ontic” level, that is, at the level of experience. Finitude gets a grip on the self through the experience of conscience. For me, the discussion of conscience contains the most exciting and challenging pages in Being and Time.”

Read the full article on Guardian Cif here.

Simon Critchley’s Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas, and Contemporary French Thought is out now as part of Radical Thinkers Set 4.

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In his seminal work War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception, Paul Virilio conducts a sweeping analysis of perception in an age of astounding visual impact. Through a technical history of weaponry, photography, and cinematography, an account of key war strategists and movie directors, and a narrative that places pin-up girls alongside satellite feeds and ranges from Hollywood to Hitler s bunker, Virilio shows how military “ways of seeing” have transformed the world as we know it.

Verso 9781844673469 War and CinemaThe twelfth question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:

In what kind of artwork did Virilio specialise in?

UPDATE:

Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 12 is now closed! The answer is:

Stained-glass

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In a difficult year for the book trade, with book sales down by 11.5% (Independent, 13/07/09), Verso is delighted to announce that its UK sales have increased by 33.6% in the first 6 months of this year. European and export sales increased by 10%.

This increase in sales has been felt across the book trade, from online to high street, and from frontlist to backlist. Titles performing particularly well include BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason’s Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, the paperback edition of John Berger’s Booker-longlisted From A to X, and the latest set of classic philosophy titles in Verso’s Radical Thinkers series.

And with a strong list for this Autumn – including renowned Middle East historian Avi Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine; Shlomo Sand’s international bestseller The Invention of the Jewish People; Italian collective Wu Ming’s epic historical novel Manituana; a new book by philosopher Slavoj Žižek First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; and a guide to avant garde music with The Wire Magazine, The Wire Primers – Verso is looking forward to consolidate an already very successful year.

Verso’s UK Sales and Marketing Director, Rowan Wilson, said:

“The Verso team has done an extraordinary job and we are thrilled with the enthusiasm and gusto with which Yale Representation is selling the list. As well as our wholesaler and online sales increasing dramatically, we are very pleased how positively high street stores have responded to the list – they recognise that it takes more than Dan Brown and a few cook books to make an enticing bookshop!

“The response from readers has been phenomenal – it shows that in a period of economic crisis, political corruption and disastrous foreign policy, people are keen on discovering alternative explanations as to how things went so badly wrong, and ideas for what can be done.”

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