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As part of VPRO International’s Backlight series, broadcast in March this year, Žižek discusses many of the themes from his new book:

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Slavoj Žižek’s new book Living in the End Times is available now in hardback.

With thanks to Jonathan Waring, who writes about this video on his website: http://www.jonathanwaring.net

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

Competition Image 1Day One: Slavoj Žižek



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

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Brian Dillon reviews Slavoj Žižek’s Living in the End Times for The Telegraph:

But it’s not merely that Žižek’s energy for self-promotion is prodigious. Rather, it’s his range that impresses – he’s equal parts forbidding theorist of the contemporary political and Zizek Living in the End Times Cover Imagecultural scene, and contriver of entertainingly elaborate paradoxes. If it weren’t for the hangdog persona and residual communism, he’d be an intellectual dandy: the closest thing we have to the mock-aristocratic socialist Oscar Wilde.

Žižek, who is a professor at the University of Ljubljana, has been writing in a hectically engaging English for more than 20 years, enlivening his analysis of Marxism and psychoanalysis with sly forays into popular culture. (For example, he’s one of the smartest critics ever of Hitchcock.)

Though the writing never ceases to dazzle, Žižek reveals himself here, surprisingly, as something like an old-fashioned moralist.

Dillon praises Living in the End Times as “a thesis with vast geopolitical implications”, which “elaborates some of them with extraordinary wit and rigour.”

Read the full article here.

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In this RSA Animate, Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving – the speech is from his keynote lecture in 2009.

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce and its follow up Living in the End Times are out now.

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From September 16, 2008, New York Public Library. Žižek’s latest book Living in the End Times is out now.
Read Gideon Levy’s response to Bernard Henri Lévy’s comments on Israel in Ha’aretz. Levy, the author of The Punishment of Gaza,will be speaking at Edinburgh Book Festival in August 2010.

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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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John McTernan reviews Slavoj’s Žižek’s Living in the End Times for the Scotsman:

Žižek’s  insight can be traced in the contours of real economic change. What then of the future? His prediction was two-fold. That western political elites will maintain a sense of permanent economic emergency —  a crisis being too good to waste. And that future is a vision of Singapore or Berlusconi. Not a pretty thought.  His answer? A 21st century communism.

That is of course a glorious, impractical dream. But the inspiring part of it is Žižek’s refusal to accept the inevitability of a settlement in which pensions, wages, working condition, welfare get systematically poorer although the country we live in gets richer. His is an argument based on a stark analysis of how deeply defeated progressives truly are today, yet he still gloriously says “No” to those who say this is inevitable. In that refusal is hope and that is the beginning of the fightback.

The full article is available for Scotsman’s subscribers here.

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