Brian Dillon reviews Slavoj Žižek's Living in the End Times for the Daily Telegraph:
Slavoj Žižek may well be the last great thinker of our time. In an era when lighting on one half-formed notion—"the end of history", "the third way", "Islamo-fascism"—is enough to get one hailed as a public intellectual to rival Russell or Sartre, the Slovenian philosopher puts all conceptual comers to shame...
It's his range that impresses—he's equal parts forbidding theorist of the contemporary political and cultural scene, and contriver of entertainingly elaborate paradoxes. If it weren't for the hangdog persona and residual communism, he'd be an intellectual dandy: the closest thing we have to the mock-aristocratic socialist Oscar Wilde.
Žižek, who is a professor at the University of Ljubljana, has been writing in a hectically engaging English for more than 20 years, enlivening his analysis of Marxism and psychoanalysis with sly forays into popular culture ... the writing never ceases to dazzle.
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