The Virus in the Age of Madness


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Yale University Press
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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker, and the author of over thirty books. He is widely regarded as one of the West's most important public intellectuals.


"A stirring alarm addressed to an unsettled world."--Kirkus Reviews

"The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every facet of ordinary life, from work to school to how people interact socially. Philosopher/activist Bernard-Henri Lévy contends that the pandemic has produced new social mythologies. . . . In The Virus in the Age of Madness, Lévy analyzes the politics and power relations operative in all these mythologies, and also what the mythologies tells us about ourselves. Throughout he argues that these mythologies, however ubiquitous, are neither insightful nor helpful. Rather they serve as a distraction from addressing the complex array of challenges at hand. They are a fantasy--a bad-faith detour into madness--that stems from the population's collective inability to confront the world."--Choice

Praise for the Author

"Bernard-Henri Lévy does nothing that goes unnoticed. He is an intellectual adventurer who brings publicity to unfashionable political causes."--New York Times

"Only France could produce a phenomenon like Bernard-Henri Lévy, . . . As celebrated as any rock star, he speaks uncomfortable truths."--Vanity Fair

"We need Mr. Lévy's voice--clear, unconstructed, unconstrained, real--to help us."--Wall Street Journal

"A writer of enormous power and vitality."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Bernard-Henri Lévy, perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today, [speaks] truth to power."-- Boston Globe