By Anselm Jappe

This is the 1st critical highbrow biography of man Debord, leading mover of the Situationist overseas (1957-1972) and writer of The Society of the Spectacle, maybe the seminal e-book of may well 1968 in France. Anselm Jappe rejects contemporary makes an attempt to set Debord up as a "postmodern" icon, arguing that he was once a social theorist within the Hegelian-Marxist tradition—not a precursor of Jean Baudrillard yet an inheritor of the younger Georg Lukács of History and sophistication awareness (1923). Neither hagiographical nor sectarian, Guy Debord locations its topic squarely in his old context: the politicizing Letterist and Situationist "anti-artists" who, within the eu aftermath of worldwide conflict II, sought to criticize and go beyond the Surrealist legacy. The e-book bargains a full of life, serious, and strangely trustworthy account of Debord's "last avant-garde" on its approach from radical bohemianism to innovative idea. Jappe additionally discusses Debord's movies, that are principally inaccessible at the moment. This English language version of the ebook has been revised via the writer and contours an up-to-date severe bibliography of Debord and the Situationists.

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