First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

By Slavoj Zizek

Verso, Paperback, 9781844674282, 157pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

Description
Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?
In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj iek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.
"First as Tragedy, Then as Farce" is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.


About the Author
Slavoj i ek is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Princeton, and The New School. He is the author of more than thirty books and is the subject of the documentary, " i ek". His own critically acclaimed documentary, "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema", was the subject of a film retrospective in 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art.


Praise For First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

“iek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.”—The New Yorker

“The Elvis of cultural theory.”—The Chronicle of Higher Education

“One of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the left.”—Times Literary Supplement

“iek is an influential thinker, and this short book offers an excellent entry into his thought.”—David Gordon, Library Journal

“[A] great provocateur and an immensely suggestive and even dashing writer ... iek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding.”—Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.”—New Republic