Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.


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    Get your radical thinking caps on...To celebrate the publication of Set 5 of the Radical Thinkers series, Verso is offering 2 lucky winners the chance to win all available titles in the five sets published to date.

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  • Baudrillard's “stunning” America one of the Financial Times’ best non-fiction books of 2010

    Edwin Heathcote, the Financial Times' architecture critic, selects Jean Baudrillard's America  as one of the best non-fiction books of 2010:

    Baudrillard's stunning contemplation on the vastness of the US was first published in English in 1988 and is reissued here with an excellent introduction by Geoff Dyer.

    Visit the Financial Times to read the full list.

  • Baudrillard's American road trip still resonates with P. D. Smith

    Writing in the Guardian, PD Smith finds Jean Baudrillard's reflections on his travels through America in the early 1980s to be, "original, memorable and even funny".

    Written while Reagan was president, Baudrillard's provocative account of this "obsessional society" remains relevant. From  the "steepling gentleness" of New York's skyscrapers to the "limitless horizontality" of Los Angeles, he explores this New World, where the carpets have an "orgasmic elasticity" and the people are "like shadows that have escaped from Plato's cave.

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    The Spirit of Terrorism

    Until September 11 we had had no symbolic event on a world scale that marked a setback for globalization itself.

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    Cool Memories IV

    In this fourth collection of fragments and sketches, Baudrillard’s stance is that of a barely participant observer, rather than an interventionist intellectual.
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    Cool Memories

    Cool Memories is the other side of America, the disillusioned side, presented in the form of a diary, though not in the classical sense.