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    Verso Mixtape 2014

    Download a FREE ebook compilation of our most exciting reads from 2014. And don't forget: all Verso titles are currently 50% off

    Verso 2014 includes pieces by Arundhati Roy, Benjamin Kunkel, Gabriella Coleman, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Shlomo Sand, Walter Benjamin and Slavoj Žižek.


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    Slavoj Žižek

    “A relentless iconoclast, a restless wordsmith, an inventive thinker.” – Bookforum

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    Arundhati Roy

    "Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading."—Arundhati Roy
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    B.R. Ambedkar

    "Democracy hasn’t eradicated caste. It has entrenched and modernised it. This is why it’s time to read Ambedkar." Arundhati Roy

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    Nadya Tolokonnikova

    “Probably no one would have noticed our protest if Putin himself hadn’t ­highlighted it to the whole world...” -Nadya Tolokonnikova, member of Pussy Riot. 
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    Anabel Hernández

    “Brave and invaluable.” – Sunday Times

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    Rohini Mohan

    "Rohini Mohan’s intimately rendered account of the brutal end-game and unfinished aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war is breathtakingly well-told." -Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker




  • Verso's Holiday Gift Guide - radicalize the loved ones in your life!

    We know how hard it is to shop for gifts for your parents, or your sister's fiancé, or that anti-social co-worker you picked for secret santa. So we've made it easy with our top picks from the Verso catalog for everyone in your life.

    Plus every title is 50% off with FREE shipping for the rest of December!

    For more inspiration check out our FREE e-book sampler with highlights from our 2014 list, including pieces from Arundhati Roy, Benjamin Kunkel, Gabriella Coleman, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Shlomo Sand, Walter Benjamin and Slavoj Žižek.


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  • Wtf is Eleni Haifa? A New Essay by Paul Mason

    Paul Mason follows in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf in search of fictional character in the age of social media.

    I get on a train and there, eventually, is Eleni Haifa: about 22, massive hair and 5 ft tall.

    She is either Italian, Jewish, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish or Greek. She has olive skin and is wearing high heels with gold tips, a white jacket, oyster coloured skirt and carrying two iPhones, one in a black case and one red.

    She has one iPhone in each hand and is transferring something from one to another by typing using her thumbs. But not the tips of her thumbs because her nails are so long – and polished – that she has to use the pads of her thumbs to type, very fast. She puts one down – the one playing her music - and then goes to Facebook on the other: to her profile, where the picture is some kind of cartoon. She flips to What’sApp – I can tell it’s What’sApp from the green message boxes. Between Clapham Junction and Waterloo she spends her switching between What’s App and Facebook. She’s been on the train at least from Richmond.

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  • The true nature of internationalism

    Cédric Durand, economist at Paris-XIII, Stathis Kouvélakis, philosopher at King’s College London and Razmig Keucheyan, sociologist at Paris-IV. From Libération, 23 April.

    The European question catches the Left like a rabbit in the headlights because of its incapacity to admit that there is an internationalism of capital, an internationalism of the ruling classes. Internationalism is not always left-wing or progressive. On the contrary, the ruling classes are not forever trapped within the political form of the nation state. Capitalism is, by its very essence, a mobile system. When circumstances become unfavourable for the accumulation of capital, it can seek more propitious conditions elsewhere. Capitalism can also set one space in competition with another, relying on some of them in order to force the others to bend to its logic. Neoliberal globalisation simultaneously allows the opening up of new profitable fields of activity and acts as a powerful lever for the destruction of the expensive social concessions made after World War II.

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  • Call for Papers: Theorizing the Web 2015

    Theorizing the Web 2015
    April 17–18  in New York City
    Co-Sponsored by Verso Books, The New Inquiry, and Snapchat

    Abstract submission deadline: 11:59 pm (EST), January 18, 2015

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