Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Welcome to the Desert of the Real:Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

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Probing beneath the level of TV punditry, Žižek offers a highly original and readable account that serves as a fascinating and insightful comprehension of the events of September 11

Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back, complicating the choices imposed on us. It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism. It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened, and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture. Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the events.

Reviews

  • Fierce brilliance ... scintillating.

    Steven PooleGuardian (in praise of Living in the End Times)
  • Never ceases to dazzle.

    Brian DillonDaily Telegraph (in praise of Living in the End Times)
  • Žižek is to today what Jacques Derrida was to the ’80s: the thinker of choice for Europe’s young intellectual vanguard.

    Observer (in praise of Living in the End Times)