Guy Debord

Anselm Jappe (Author) Donald Nicholson-Smith (Translator)
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This is the first intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957-1972) and author of The Society of the Spectacle, the seminal book of the May 1968 uprising in France. Anselm Jappe offers a powerful corrective to the continual attempts to incorporate Debord's theoretical work into "French theory." Jappe focuses, to the contrary, on Debord's debt to the Hegelian-Marxist tradition, to Karl Korsch and Georg Lukács, and more generally to left-Marxist currents of council communism. His close reading of Debord's magnum opus is unique among the great flood of writing on the Situationists in recent decades. This PM reprint edition benefits from a new author's preface and a bibliographical update.

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PM Press
Publish Date
March 01, 2018
6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Anselm Jappe currently teaches art history and political and economic theory at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Sassari in Sardinia. His essays have been published in the collection The Writing on the Wall: On the Decomposition of Capitalism and Its Critics. T.J. Clark is a British art historian and writer, who has taught in universities such as Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. Donald Nicholson-Smith's translations include works by Jean Piaget, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Guy Debord, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Henri Lefebvre, and Raoul Vaneigem. As a young man he was a member of the Situationist International in Paris and a comrade-in-arms of Guy Debord's.


"A clear-headed account . . . far and away the best we have so far." --Times Literary Supplement