A Winter’s Journey
Paul Virilio
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French cultural theorist and urbanist Paul Virilio is best known for his writings on media, technology, and architecture. Gathered here in A Winter’s Journey are four remarkable conversations in which Virilio and architectural writer Marianne Brausch look at a twentieth century characterized by enormous technological acceleration and by technocultural accidents of barbarism and horror. The dialogues in A Winter’s Journey—structured loosely around the dates 1940, 1950, 1960, and 1980—chart Virilio’s intimate intellectual biography, from his childhood lived against the unstable backdrop of a heavily bombed, wartime Nantes to maturity in a crisis space that is neither entirely militarized nor yet fully civilian, but somewhere between the two. In the course of these conversations, Virilio and Brausch ultimately find hope that in understanding the events of the last century and the cultural responses spawned by them, we can create a more humane era that is more adept at handling the transformations of its technology and culture. A Winter’s Journey is a revealing and engaging look into the intellectual life and ideas of one of the most influential theorists of contemporary civilization. ‘Virilio is an impressive commentator on the conditioning power of the mass media . . . He flits from image to image like a poet and usually builds to a profound climax.’ Guardian ‘If Walter Benjamin had one true intellectual descendant who extended his inquiries into the second half of the twentieth century, this must be Paul Virilio.’ Lev Manovic
ISBN 9780857426635Category Non-fictionSubcategory Literary Non-Fiction
Publisher Seagull BooksImprint Seagull BooksPublished 28/03/2019
Format JFBinding PaperbackPage extent 190
author note
Paul Virilio, cultural theorist, urbanist and aesthetic philosopher, is... »