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THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! If you haven’t recieved an email from us by now, you should assume you didn’t win. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Congratulations to the winners, the books are in the post. The correct answers are below:

Competition Image 1Day One: Slavoj Žižek



Badiou Competition Image 2DayTwo: A. C. Grayling



Competition Image 3Day Three: Gandhi


The Communist Hypothesis is available now in hardback.Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

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Today we reveal our third and final person to be photographed with Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis:

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Who is this man peacefully reading The Communist Hypothesis? A geographical clue: we found him near the Marxism conference…

For the chance to win all of Badiou’s Verso books in hardback, please send in your entries with the names of all three people. You can find the other people in our day 1 and day 2 posts.

COMPETITION RULES:

Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is available now in hardback.


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Following on from yesterday’s competition post, here is the next person holding Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis:

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Who is this man attempting to eat The Communist Hypothesis?

Check back tomorrow for our third and final mystery person.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ANY ENTRIES UNTIL TOMORROW.

You can view the books on offer to win here. To celebrate its publication, we are releasing one image of someone holding Badiou’s The Communist Hypothesis every day for three days.

The three lucky winners, who will recieve of all of Badiou’s Verso books in hardback, will be those who are first to tell us the names of all three people after the last image is released tomorrow.

COMPETITION RULES:

Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.

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Yesterday we promised a competition to win all of Verso’s Alain Badiou books. You can see the books and the post detailing the rules here.

Here is the first person:

Competition Image 1

So who is this devotee of Badiou?

Check back tomorrow for the next, perhaps more unlikely, communist.

Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis is available now in hardback. Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

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To commemorate the publication of Alain Badiou’s Communist Hypothesis, we are  giving the opportunity for three people to win the whole of Alain Badiou‘s backlist in hardback.

From tomorrow, we will be posting an image of somebody holding Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis every day for three days. The winners will be the first ones to identify all three people on the day of the last image being posted.

Here’s what you can win:

The Communist Hypothesis: A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism.

Badious Pantheon Cover ImagePocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy: A journey through twentieth-century philosophy with the titan of French thought.

The Meaning of Sarkozy: A trenchant and witty dissection of the French political The Meaning of Sarkozy Cover Imagescene by the leading radical philosophers – now just published in paperback, this includes the first statement of Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’.

Polemics: A series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, first published in France in the ‘Circonstances’ series.

Metapolitics: Badiou critically examines the the concept of democracy and the link between truth and justice.Metapolitics Cover Image

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil: Badiou shows how our prevailing ethical principles serve ultimately to reinforce an ideology of the status quo, and fail to provide a framework for an effective understanding of the concept of evil.

Check back tomorrow for the first image.

COMPETITION RULES

Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.

For more on the Communist Hypothesis see here, here and here.

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A major interview with Slavoj Zizek and report on the Communism conference in Berlin in Der Spiegel:

Zizek loves to correct viewpoints when precisely the opposite is considered correct. He calls this counterintuitive observation. His favorite thought form is the paradox. Using his psychoanalytical skills, he attempts to demonstrate how liberal democracy manipulates people. One of his famous everyday observations on this subject relates to the buttons used to close the door in elevators. He has discovered that they are placebos. The doors don’t close a second faster when one presses the button, but they don’t have to. It’s sufficient that the person pressing the button has the illusion that he is able to influence something. The political illusion machine that calls itself Western democracy functions in exactly the same way, says Zizek.

Click here for the full article.

Also, Living in the End Times reviewed in the Scotsman by Michael Kerrigan – not available on line so here’s the review:

“Freedom is the condition of liberation,” says Slavoj Zizek, quoting Marcuse – an earlier Marxist prophet who, in the 1960s, saw the contradictions and compromises of another society which had never apparrently had it so good. We have to free ourselves from our current assumptions before we can even see what freedom means and appreciate the ways in which we are still in chains. If Zizek is à la mode just now, that’s because he’s on the ball: no-one else reads our situation with quite his subtlety or verve. The Slovenian sage makes a goodhumoured Jeremiah, ranging with wit and perceptiveness over everything from the melting polar ice-cap to pornography.

Slavoj Zizek’s new book is Living in the End Times.

Alain Badiou’s new book is The Communist Hypothesis.

See Antonio Negri’s books published with Verso here and here.

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See below some key Verso writers on understanding the issues around (and beyond – or against!) the general election.

Tony Wood: Good Riddance to New Labour – from NLR 62 Mar/Apr 2010

As the British general election approaches, a balance-sheet of New Labour’s thirteen years in office. The record of Blair and Brown—imperial wars abroad, subservience to the City at home—as so many reasons to cheer their downfall. Tony Wood is the author of Chechnya: The Case for Independence.

Broonland: The Last Days of Gordon Brown – Chris Harvie – Paperback Original – 9781844674398 –£8.99 – 2010 (March)

An essential anatomy of New Labour’s bankrupt policies and a caustic portrait of a decade that went from boom to bust. All you need to know about Gordon Brown’s rule.

Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed – Paul Mason – Paperback Original – 9781844673964 – £7.99 –

2009

The issue that will dominate the election and the reason for all those cuts – why did it happen?

“What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis … Meltdown is the book they are looking for.” — John Gray, New Statesman

A page turning account … Mason is refreshingly clear-eyed — and angry. — Will Hutton, Guardian

NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care – Allyson Pollock –

Paperback – 9781844675395 – £9.99 – 2005

Another key election issue – what is the future of the NHS? Will we see more privatisation after the election?

“A rallying point for those against public-private partnerships, Pollock plays a powerful role as one of the few people to provide academic evidence to make the case for little or no private sector involvement in the public realm. Pollock is a fearsome critic of foundation hospitals, which she says will kill the NHS. Expect to hear lots more from her.” — Guardian

The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition – Marx & Engels, with an intro by Eric Hobsbawm – Hardback (gift format and size) – 9781859848982 – £9

Forget the party manifestoes – this is still the only one that counts!

“Every paragraph breaks over us like a wave that leaves us shaking from the impact and wet with thought. This prose evokes breathless momentum, plunging ahead without guides or maps, breaking all boundaries, precarious piling and layering of things, ideas and experiences.”— Marshall Berman, The Nation

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce – Slavoj Zizek – Paperback Original – 9781844674282 – £7.99 – 2009 (Autumn)

Slavoj Zizek writes a caustic epitaph for neoliberalism and speculates on the possibilites for a new communuism.

“Characteristically enjoyable development of his recent journalistic commentary … , which digs joyfully into the ideological cracks of the financial crisis.” — Steven Poole, Guardian

Hatred of Democracy – Jacques Ranciere – New in Paperback – 9781844673865 – £8.99 – 2009 (Autumn)

Ranciere reminds us of the power of the democratic idea and tears strips off those who seek to give it limits.

“This tastily sardonic essay is partly a scholarly sprint through the history of political philosophy, and partly a very enjoyable stream of insults drected to rival penseurs.” – Steven Poole, Guardian

The Left Alternative – Roberto Mangabeira Unger – Paperback – 9781844673704 – £7.99 – 2009 (Autumn)

Which way for the Left? Unger sets out a powerful manifesto.

“This book has influenced how I think and what I do. It sets out the principles for a future Left and crucially challenges us to think not just about how we spend revenues but how we might create them.” — Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass

The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat – Steven Lukes – New in Paperback – 9781844673698 – £7.99 – 2009 i(Autumn)

A wonderful Swiftian satire of the key political ideas of our age.

“A delightfully edifying comedy.” — Guardian

“This book is a box of delights, often wonderfully funny and always deliciously clever, a contemporary political satire to set among the best.” — New Statesman and Society

Putney Debates – The Levellers – introduced by Geoffrey Robertson – Paperback Original – 9781844671755 – £7.99 – 2007

Renowned human-rights lawyer and author Geoffrey Robertson makes a passionate argument for the relevance of the Levellers’ stand today, showing how they were the first Western radical democrats.

Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind – Christian Salmon – Hardback – 9781844673919 – £14.99 – 2010 (March)

An essential guide to the spin doctors’ plans and how electoral campaigns become attempts to market political life as if it was an attractive narrative. An essential manual for seeing through the nonsense.

The New Old World – Perry Anderson – Hardback – 9781844673124 – £24.99 – 2010 (January)

Perry Anderson on the history of the European Union and discusses the possibilities for its future.

“This is a hugely ambitious and panoramic political book, of a sort rarely attempted in our era of quick leader biographies and reheated histories of the second world war.” — Andy Beckett, Guardian

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