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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Guy Debord

And moments at which this opening depends on the creation of a specifically political voice, rather than an ethical, lyrical, or epic one, are truly few and far between. One main merit of Jappe’s book is that it manages to see and speak to Debord’s embattledness and isolation, and also to his being a social animal.

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Such a book need not spell out these puzzles exactly as I do you will see that Jappe’s terms are differentbut I believe it ought to be driven and haunted as Jappe’s undoubtedly is by a similar sense of broad questions constantly coming up about the nature of Debord’s achievement, and getting harder to answer the more unavoidable they seem.

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Foreword to Anselm Jappe’s bio of Guy Debord

Biografia das ideias politicas de Debord. The actual translation begins well enough with a red-herring: 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.

David Roberts degord – Thesis Eleven xebord 1: 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.

They had seen the imagery and argumentation taken up in actual political practice, by despots and revolutionaries, and put to the test of reality. George-Icaros Babassakis rated it really liked it Jul 25, Sep 15, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the second section of his circular, Jappe provides a plonkers guide to the history of the Lettrist and Situationist Internationals.

For a start, part of the work on the language Debord was involved in turns on an agonized, and deeply funny running-battle with the notions of mastery and Frenchness lurking in the phrase above — “mastery” equalling “Frenchness,” which in turns equals clarity, authority, classical balance, skeptical levity, etc. This is the first and best intellectual 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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This is not a brilliant book like Plant’sbut is sturdy and has utility.

Guy Debord : Anselm Jappe :

His close reading of Debord’s magnum opus is unique among the great flood of writing on the Situationists in recent decades. For example, an ongoing interest in Alexander Trocchi who died fifteen year ago quite unrelated to his membership of the SI, is evident from the fact that new editions of both his literary eebord his pornographic novels continue to appear in English. Guy Debord – Views Read Edit View history.

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Debord has got a somewhat undeserved reputation for having an impenetrable and complex writing style—a myth which Jappe goes a long way towards refuting by examining the major concepts in Society of the Spectacle and other works, and putting them in the context of a wider historical basis and in terms of the SI as a whole.

This entry has no external links. Clark, from the Foreword. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. His advisor was Mario Perniola. Gene Ray – – Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 23