No matter which body of water you'll be sluicing your speedos in this summer, Verso's got your back. From forty proud years of radical publishing, we've cherry-picked an eclectic mix of fiction, travel, politics, philosophy, feminism, art, graphic novels and more for your delectation this summer.
Whether you're reacquainting yourself with an old classic or taking a chance with one of our latest titles, all books on this list will be 50% off on our website for this week (July 9-July 17), with free worldwide shipping, and free ebook where available. Just be careful around the pool with your e-reader eh?
A lovely picture of Theodor Adorno in his swimwear, with a copy Narcoland presumably tucked away out of shot.
The 'Dialectics of Liberation Congress' was a gathering in July 1967 at the Roundhouse Theatre in London of radical intellectuals, psychiatrists and revolutionaries lecturing and debating on a diverse range of leftist issues including the future of capitalism, state violence and dissent, racism, revolution and liberation, and the emerging forms of environmentalism, green issues and radical psychiatry.
The Dialectics of Liberation, a book compiling lectures from Congress contributors Stokely Carmichael, David Cooper, R. D. Laing and Herbert Marcuse, was originally published in 1968 and has been recently republished by Verso, as part of the tenth installment of our Radical Thinkers series.
To celebrate the reissue of this landmark text, on the 48th anniversary of the Congress, here at Verso presents an event that revisits some of the key issues discussed in a contemporary light considering the sweeping political, economic and technological changes that the world has undergone.
It is at the Roundhouse on 15 July and will feature speakers Lynne Segal, Ben Noys, Mark Fisher, Nina Power and Selma James and Ewa Jasiewicz. Further information on the event is on the Verso Events page and tickets are available to purchase on the Roundhouse website for only £5.
This blog post provides a brief outline to the Congress as well as a selection of reading and visual material that touches on a range of topics covered by the speakers present; including the societal conditions in which the Congress was borne; the legacy that has bestowed subsequent generations; and an introduction to some of our speakers at our event at the Roundhouse.
This text formed Lynne Segal's lecture from 'Radical Thinkers: the art, sex and politics of feminism' at the Tate Modern, 9th February 2015. The event with Lynne Segal, Griselda Pollock and chair Sonia Boyce, addressed the legacy of feminist art and theory and its enduring relevance to contemporary struggles. Visit the Tate website to watch the video of the event.
Agonism, challenge, contention! Start talking about sex today, and soon enough, trouble looms – unless we stick to jokes, or gender cliché. Agreement is usually hard to find, and not just for feminists! Although feminists certainly face very special problems, trying to tie the protean complexity and intangible nature of intimacy and desire to any sort of feminist sexual politics. This was never just a Mother-Daughter affair – though it was often enough presented as that. We challenged and fought with each other, from the beginning – as straight, lesbian, Black and working-class women, and more.
It wasn’t, in fact feminists, but William Reich, who first talked about ‘sexual politics’, back in the 1930s, criticizing the repressiveness of bourgeois sexual morality, which doubled as sexual hypocrisy, while he watched the rise of fascism in Europe. Reich’s Sex-pol aimed to free sexuality from the constraints of religious moralism and compulsive patriarchal monogamy, while seeing this as only achievable after the end of capitalist exploitation, with the coming of socialism. Times change, and then again, as we know only too well, its traumas return.