Anselm Jappe: Guy Debord translated into English by Donald Nicholson-Smith with assistance from the author (University of California Press ). Anselm Jappe offers a powerful corrective to the continual attempts to incorporate Debord’s theoretical work into “French theory.” Jappe’s focus. Anselm Jappe • Translator: Donald Nicholson-Smith This is the first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International .

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Dec 01, FotisK rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is “writing,” sure enough. Nov 28, Declan Cochran rated it it was amazing.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Only sometimes writing has to reconcile itself to the idea that its time of instrumentality — its time as a weapon — lies a little in the future.

His close reading of Debord’s magnum opus supplies a superb gloss that has never been rivaled despite the great flood of writing on the Situationists in recent decades. Jappe tracks many of these down. A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings: And moments at which this opening depends on the happe of a specifically political voice, rather than an ethical, lyrical, or epic one, are truly few and far between.

Guy Debord by Anselm Jappe

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Click here for one-page information sheet on this product. Overall a very good study on Debord’s writings and thoughts on the structure of contemporary society. We’re featuring millions ddebord their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The situationists declared somewhere that boredom was counter-revolutionary.


Return to Book Page. Bardamus rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Soraya rated it liked it Dec 09, At the same time, Debord is placed squarely in context among the Letterist and Situationist anti-artists who, in the aftermath of World War II, sought to criticize and transcend sebord legacy of Dada and Surrealism.

Anselm Jappe

Looking for beautiful books? Reflections on Alexander Trocchi [Rebel inc. Request removal from index. Not necessarily, is Jappe’s answer. This is the first and best deborv biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International — and author of The Society of the Spectacleperhaps the seminal book of the May uprising in France.

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His advisor was Mario Perniola. One main merit of Jappe’s book is that it manages to see and speak to Jwppe embattledness and isolation, and also to his being a social animal. Jappe also discusses Debord’s films, which are largely inaccessible at present.

Writing was one social activity among others. Kenneth rated it really liked it Oct 12, He is the author of several works of critical theory.

Josep Pradas – – Astrolabio: Guy-Claude Marie – – Vrin. Sharon rated it really liked it Mar 16, Clearly what interests Jappe is the bourgeois notion of great men, since many former members of the Situationist International are still alive, and of those that are dead none have passed out of living memory. This biography of a German philosopher is a stub.

This PM reprint edition benefits from a new author’s preface and a bibliographical update.


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Part I contains an arid excursion into Marxist scholasticism, and lacks all of debordd brilliance and jappf intelligence of Plant’s The Most Radical Gesture hence, my ranking. He understands nothing of the Situationist International as a collective project, in short he knows nothing of communism — and thus it comes as no surprise that his wretched fan-letter to a dead man is just another worthless commodity which announces its own obsolescence on the final page: This PM Press reprint edition benefits from a new author’s preface and a bibliographical update.

Sep 03, AC rated it really liked it Shelves: Anselm Jappe was born in Bonn in The questions are these.

One moment the deep, ventriloqual dialogue with History and Class Consciousness: Guy Debord has been translated into many languages. Why is it so difficult to think and demand and construct “representation” in the plural, rather than the singular and centralized: For no one was better, over the whole stretches of his life, at making himself enough of a community for the purposes of the moment; and if that community had nothing to do with the “political” culture of Sartre, Garaudy, and de Gaulle, then so much the better.

The book offers a lively, critical, and unusually reliable account of Debord’s “last avant-garde” on its way from radical bohemianism to revolutionary theory.