For one week only we have 50% off all our selected undergraduate reading - with free shipping (worldwide) and free bundled ebooks (where available).Perhaps you're feeling underwhelmed by your assigned reading, or maybe you just want to expand your knowledge of left theory and spark a love for revolutionary writers! Start the year with a more radical edge and update your bookshelf with some of these key texts - all 50% off until Tuesday, September 8th.
Whether you're a student of history, economics, philosophy, or art theory, look no further than these specially curated Verso reading lists:PhilosophyRace and EthnicityArt and AestheticsPolitical TheoryFeminism and GenderEconomicsHistory
T&Cs: 50% off our selected undergraduate reading will end on Tuesday, 8th September (17.00 EST). Books included in the sale can be found on the reading lists above. We have free worldwide shipping, and bundled free ebooks (where available). That means you can start reading straight away on your e-reader before your print book even arrives in the post!
High modernism is now as far from us as antiquity was for the Renaissance. Such is the premise of Fredric Jameson’s major new work - The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms
- in which modernist works, this time in painting (Rubens) and music (Wagner and Mahler), are pitted against late-modernist ones (in film) as well as a variety of postmodern experiments (from SF to The Wire
), all of which attempt, in their different ways, to invent new forms to grasp a specific social totality. Throughout the historical periods, argues Jameson, the question of narrative persists through its multiple formal changes and metamorphoses.
To celebrate the publication of this book, you can buy it at a 50% discount
- along with ALL
of Jameson's backlist - until Friday 14th August (17.00 EST).
Greece’s confrontation with the euro overlords will shape resistance to austerity – and the future of the whole European Union, says Seumas Milne in his column in the Guardian.
"Any Greek euro deal that fails to write off unrepayable debt or end the austerity squeeze will only postpone the crisis. If the Syriza government survives, it will have to change direction. Its fate, and its chaotic confrontation with the eurozone’s overlords, is going to shape all of Europe’s future" --
Read the piece in full on the Guardian website
On 25 January 2015, Syriza, the radical Left coalition lead by Alexis Tsipras, won a historic election victory winning just two seats shy of an absolute majority in the Greek parliament. As Etienne Balibar observed at the time:
“This is the first time that any popular force has proven able to pose a challenge to the ‘governance’ that has dominated Europe ever since the ‘neoliberal’ turn. This rupture is taking place in a ‘small country’, but the Greek experience has its echoes everywhere."
The election was won on the back of a campaign that promised to renegotiate the terms of the country's bailout by the European Union, in stark contrast to Northern European ideology of austerity. Syriza's election win sent shockwaves throughout the international money markets, with the European Central Bank implementing credit controls on Greek banks, restricting its cash flows and making prohibitively expensive for those banks to access capital. After months of negotiations between Greece and its creditors, there has been an impasse, with Germany and its Northern European aliies unyielding despite extensive concessions given by Syriza on the conditions of its €8bn austerity package.
On 27 June, Tsipras called a referendum to decide whether or not to accept the bailout conditions given by the EU. It is a gutsy decision that took much of the world by surprise. A 'No' vote would galvanise Syriza and give it a public mandate to bolster its position against the country's creditors, whereas having its own subjects voting 'Yes' to extensive cuts would deliver perhaps the punishing final blow to any credible alternative to austerity in the Eurozone.
With this in mind, we bring you an essential reading list that aims charts the trajectory of Syriza from its origins as a loose coalition on the fringes of Greek politics to being the only credible party on the European Left that is openly fighting back against the violent ideology of austerity.