IRAQ: THE BORROWED KETTLE - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing
1st Printing. 188 pages. Published in 2004. The author's book-length account on subject. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as part of the author's "Wo es War" Series for Verso and as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Slavoj Zizek's "Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle". THE single most thoughtful assessment of the American War in Iraq. The title is borrowed from Freud. "In order to render the strange logic of dreams, Freud quoted the old joke about the borrowed kettle: 'I never borrowed a kettle from you. I returned it to you unbroken. The kettle was already broken when I got it from you'. Such an enumeration of inconsistent arguments confirms exactly what it attempts to deny: That I returned a broken kettle to you. That same inconsistency characterizes the justification of the attack on Iraq: A link between Saddam's regime and al-Qaeda was transformed into the threat posed by the regime to the region, which was then further transformed into the threat posed to everyone (the United States and Britain, especially) by weapons of mass destruction. When no significant weapons were found, we were treated to the same bizarre logic: OK, the two labs we found don't really prove anything, but even if there are no WMD in Iraq, there are other good reasons to topple a tyrant like Saddam Hussein. Spares nothing and nobody, neither pathetically impotent pacifism nor hypocritical sympathy with the suffering of the Iraqi people. As piercing as Zizek can be about the rhetorical excesses of the Bush Administration (his reading of Rumsfeld's infamous 'known knowns' speech is a tour-de-force), he doesn't spare what he sees as the smug complacencies of Old Europe and the Left, putting them under the general rubric of convenient pacifism and selective outrage. Simultaneously invigorating, depressing, and maddening, Zizek's book reveals him to be an intellectual made for these times" (Publishers Weekly). Zizek is all that, and so much more. He is a genuine philosopher of and for our time: An anti-humanist, radical thinker steeped in the great Continental philosophical tradition (in the mold of Freud and Lacan) who is formally trained in philosophy and psychoanalysis, but is neither an academic philosopher nor practicing psychoanalyst. Like his predecessors, he is a Master Thinker with a rigorous, original, and inescapably tragic insight into and understanding of the void that is the human condition. "The Master of the counter-intuitive observation" (The New Yorker Magazine). An absolute "must-have" title for Slavoj Zizek collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked, and to be fair, are priced accordingly. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest thinkers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SLAVOJ ZIZEK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1844670015. Bookseller Inventory # 14457
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That same inconsistency, Žižek argues, characterized the justification of the attack on Iraq: A link between Saddam?s regime and al-Qaeda was transformed into the threat posed by the regime to the region, which was then further transformed into the threat posed to everyone (but the US and Britain especially) by weapons of mass destruction. When no significant weapons were found, we were treated to the same bizarre logic: OK, the two labs we found don?t really prove anything, but even if there are no WMD in Iraq, there are other good reasons to topple a tyrant like Saddam ...
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle analyzes the background that such inconsistent argumentation conceals and, simultaneously, cannot help but highlight: what were the actual ideological and political stakes of the attack on Iraq? In classic Žižekian style, it spares nothing and nobody, neither pathetically impotent pacifism nor hypocritical sympathy with the suffering of the Iraqi people.
Praise for Welcome to the Desert of the Real:
?Žižek is a stimulating writer; with a knack for turning scenes from movies into little parables, and he is adept at spotting other people?s nonsense.? New Yorker
?Žižek?s book is perhaps particularly helpful in understanding the ?we wished for it,? from his reading of the terrifying predictability of the American response.? parallax
About the Author: Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.
Title: IRAQ: THE BORROWED KETTLE - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: London, England: Verso Books, 2004
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
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