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The Postmodern Condition - A Report on Knowledge (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Postmodern Condition - A Report on Knowledge (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Many definitions of postmodernism focus on its nature as the aftermath of the modern industrial age when technology developed. This book extends that analysis to postmodernism by looking at the status of science, technology, and the arts, the significance of technocracy, and the way the flow of information is controlled in the Western world. -- .

Why Philosophize? (Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard Why Philosophize? (Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Why Philosophize? is a series of lectures given by Jean-Francois Lyotard to students at the Sorbonne embarking on their university studies. The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive. Lyotard begins by drawing on Plato, Proust and Lacan to show that philosophy is a never-ending desire - for wisdom, for the `other'. In the second lecture he draws on Heraclitus and Hegel to explore the close relation between philosophy and history: the same restlessness, the same longing for a precarious unity, drives both. In his third lecture, Lyotard examines how philosophy is a form of utterance, both communicative and indirect. Finally, he turns to Marx, exploring the extent to which philosophy can be a transformative action within the world. These wonderfully accessible lectures by one of the most influential philosophers of the last 50 years will attract a wide readership, since, as Lyotard says, `How can one not philosophize?' They are also an excellent introduction to Lyotard's mature thought, with its emphasis on the need for philosophy to bear witness, however obliquely, to a recalcitrant reality.

Sam Francis, Lesson of Darkness (Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard Sam Francis, Lesson of Darkness (Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Herman Parret; Afterword by Geoffrey Bennington
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The second volume in the series Jean-Francois Lyotard Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists introduces forty-two poetical reflections and comments on the work of the well-known Californian painter Sam Francis (1923 1994). This new edition reprints the English text, which is no longer available, with the previously unpublished French original on facing pages. In Lyotard's opinion Sam Francis's work "pays homage to the visible marvel and bears witness to the visual enigma." Color evokes conflicting feelings in the artist: ." . . color says to me: 'Come, I am your consolation, I cure your melancholy, love me, ' and it says to me: 'Go, I am your deception, traverse me, lose yourself and enough of absent truth.'" Lyotard is the first to see through the subtle variety of meanings in Sam Francis's use of color. This edition also reproduces in full color all forty-two paintings discussed by Lyotard."

The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory (English, French, Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory (English, French, Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Herman Parret; Afterword by Sarah Wilson
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Lyotard met Jacques Monory in 1972, and the text on him published at that time was the first that Lyotard dedicated to contemporary art since Discourse, Figure. Lyotard's interest in the plastic arts thus fits fully within the setting of his political preoccupations. The artist-protagonist stages the recurring motifs that fascinate Lyotard: the scene of the crime, the revolver, the woman, the victim, glaciers, deserts, stars. The atmosphere of the essays on Monory is "Californian." Monory's imaginary repertoire goes well beyond the masters of modernity and is in line rather with a "modern contemporary surrealism."

Both Lyotard and Monory live the dilemma of Americanization, the America represented by cinema, fashion, novels, music. It is in this atmosphere that Lyotard and Monory will finally evoke their supreme experience of difference: desire and fear, exultation and a profound malaise. The plastic universe of Monory and the aesthetic meditations of Lyotard are in perfect symbiosis. Sarah Wilson's epilogue thoroughly outlines both the history of a friendship and, at the same time, the intellectual and artistic climate of the 1970s."

Miscellaneous Texts - "Aesthetics and Theory of Art" and "Contemporary Artists" (English, French, Hardcover, Two-volume set,... Miscellaneous Texts - "Aesthetics and Theory of Art" and "Contemporary Artists" (English, French, Hardcover, Two-volume set, shrinkwrapped with barcode.)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Herman Parret; Epilogue by Jean-Michel Durafour, Dolores Lyotard
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The first volume of Jean-Francois Lyotard's Miscellaneous d104s on contemporary art and artists, Aesthetics and Theory of Art, contains nine essays on general aesthetics and the theory of art. They are published in the original French along with the translations in English. Most of these texts, preserved in the Lyotard archives of the Bibliotheque Litteraire Jacques Doucet in Paris, are presented here for the first time. They cover the whole period of his production, from 1969 to 1997, and they make the development of his philosophy of art explicit. After the "libidinal" conception of art in his early writings, the "Kantian twist" of around 1980 places his view on art under the aegis of the sublime.

The second volume of Jean-Francois Lyotard's Miscellaneous d104s, Contemporary Artists, gathers thirty-nine essays by Lyotard that deal with twenty-seven influential and innovative contemporary artists: Luciano Berio, Richard Lidner, Rene Guiffrey, Gianfranco Baruchello, Henri Maccheroni, Riwan Tromeur, Albert Ayme, Manuel Casimiro, Ruth Francken, Barnett Newman, Jean-Luc Parant, Francois Lapouge, Sam Francis, Andre Dubreuil, Joseph Kosuth, Sarah Flohr, Lino Centi, Gigliola Fazzini, Bracha Lichtenberger Ettinger, Henri Martin, Michel Bouvet, Corinne Filippi, Stig Brogger, Francois Rouan, Pierre Skira Pastels, and Beatrice Casadesus. Many of these texts were originally published in catalogs; others were published in hard-to-find journals. This volume of Miscellaneous d104s is illustrated with more than sixty images, mainly in color, of works of art discussed by Lyotard in these writings."

Miscellaneous Texts (English, French, Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard Miscellaneous Texts (English, French, Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Herman Parret; Epilogue by Jean-Michel Durafour
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The first volume of Jean-Francois Lyotard's Miscellaneous d104s on contemporary art and artists, Aesthetics and Theory of Art, contains nine essays on general aesthetics and the theory of art. They are published in the original French along with the translations in English. Most of these texts, preserved in the Lyotard archives of the Bibliotheque Litteraire Jacques Doucet in Paris, are presented here for the first time. They cover the whole period of his production, from 1969 to 1997, and they make the development of his philosophy of art explicit. After the "libidinal" conception of art in his early writings, the "Kantian twist" of around 1980 places his view on art under the aegis of the sublime.

Karel Appel, A Gesture of Colour (Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard Karel Appel, A Gesture of Colour (Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Introduction by Herman Parret; Afterword by Christine Buci-Glucksmann
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The first volume in the new series Jean-Francois Lyotard: Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists is dedicated to the Dutch Abstract Expressionist painter, sculptor, and poet Karel Appel (1921 2006). Originally published in German, the book's original French text, written in 1992 as the result of a correspondence with Karel Appel, is here published for the first time. In his text about Appel, Lyotard reflects on the nature and function of color as it is used by the artist. Karel Appel, A Gesture of Colour brings together, in a special color section, twenty-five color reproductions of paintings discussed by Lyotard. The layout of this remarkable art historical survey of Appel's work emphasizes the bilingual texts.Lyotard presents Karel Appel's "matterism" as an offer of presence, presence deferred it is the visual where every predicate is suspended, the visual touched, a "gesture" of color more than a property of color, an appearance at the edge of the abyss. Christine Buci-Glucksmann's epilogue situates Karel Appel, a Gesture of Colour within the whole of Lyotard's writings on art and his subsequent work."

The Inhuman - Reflections on Time (Paperback, New Ed): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Inhuman - Reflections on Time (Paperback, New Ed)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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In this study, Lyotard develops his analysis of the phenomenon of postmodernity and examines the philosophy of Kant, Heidegger, Adorno and Derrida. Considering modernist and postmodernist art, Lyotard looks at the works of Cezanne, Debussy and Boulez, among others. He also addresses such issues as time and memory, the sublime and the avant-garde and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Throughout his discussion, Lyotard considers the close but problematic links between modernity, progress and humanity, and the transition to postmodernity. He claims that it is the task of literature, philosophy and the arts to bear witness to and explain this difficult transition.

Miscellaneous Texts - Contemporary Artists (English, French, Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard Miscellaneous Texts - Contemporary Artists (English, French, Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Herman Parret; Epilogue by Dolores Lyotard
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The second volume of Jean-Francois Lyotard's Miscellaneous d104s, Contemporary Artists, gathers thirty-nine essays by Lyotard that deal with twenty-seven influential and innovative contemporary artists: Luciano Berio, Richard Lidner, Rene Guiffrey, Gianfranco Baruchello, Henri Maccheroni, Riwan Tromeur, Albert Ayme, Manuel Casimiro, Ruth Francken, Barnett Newman, Jean-Luc Parant, Francois Lapouge, Sam Francis, Andre Dubreuil, Joseph Kosuth, Sarah Flohr, Lino Centi, Gigliola Fazzini, Bracha Lichtenberger Ettinger, Henri Martin, Michel Bouvet, Corinne Filippi, Stig Brogger, Francois Rouan, Pierre Skira Pastels, and Beatrice Casadesus. Many of these texts were originally published in catalogs; others were published in hard-to-find journals. This volume of Miscellaneous d104s is illustrated with more than sixty images, mainly in color, of works of art discussed by Lyotard in these writings."

Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (Paperback, Twenty-Third an): Jean-Francois Lyotard Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (Paperback, Twenty-Third an)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Translated by Elizabeth Rottenberg
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Philosophical aesthetics has seen an amazing revival over the past decade, as a radical questioning of the very grounds of Western epistemology has revealed that some antinomies of aesthetic experience-and in particular of the limits of the aesthetical-can be viewed as a general, yet necessarily open model for human understanding. In this revival, no text in the classical corpus of Western philosophy has been more frequently discussed than the complex paragraphs modestly inserted into Kant's Critique of Judgment as sections 23-29: the Analytic of the Sublime. This book is a rigorous explication de texte, a close reading of these sections. First, Lyotard reconstitutes, following the letter of Kant's analysis, the philosophical context of his critical writings and of the European Enlightenment. Second, because the analytic of the sublime reveals the inability of aesthetic experience to bridge the separate realms of theoretical and practical reason, Lyotard can connect his reconstitution of Kant's critical project with today's debates about the very conditions-and limits-of presentation in general. Lyotard enables us to see the sublime as a model for reflexive thinking generally via his concept of the "differend," which emphasizes the inevitability of conflicts and incompatibilities between different notions and "phrases." The Analytic of the Sublime, he points out, tries to argue that human thought is always constituted through a similar incompatibility between different intellectual and affective faculties. These lessons thus highlight the analysis of a "differend of feeling" in Kant's text, which is also the analysis of a "feeling of differend," and connect this feeling with the transport that leads all thought (critical thought included) to its limits.

The Lyotard Reader and Guide (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Lyotard Reader and Guide (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Keith Crome, James Williams
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The first comprehensive anthology of Jean-Francois Lyotard's writings together with a critical guide. The Lyotard Reader and Guide is designed as a one-stop companion to his thought. It covers the full range of Lyotard's work, from beginning to end, through his three main books (Discours, figure, Libidinal Economy and The Differend) and up to his influential essays in The Inhuman and Postmodern Fables. The readings are organised in sections on philosophy, politics, art and literature for ease of use. Detailed introductions to each section explain Lyotard's key ideas and raise criticisms, providing a clear critical introduction to Lyotard and his works. As a sourcebook and guide the book will be indispensable for the subjects touched by Lyotard's ground-breaking conceptual innovations and ideas, notably, philosophy, critical theory, literature, art and politics. Key features *The most up-to-date and comprehensive volume available *Includes the most important as well as less well known texts and newly translated work *Carefully selected and presented by leading Lyotard scholars *Broad coverage in sections covering Philosophy, Literature, Politics and Art *Full explanatory introductions to each section as well as a General Introduction provide a critical guide to Lyotard's work

The Lyotard Reader and Guide (Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Lyotard Reader and Guide (Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Keith Crome, James Williams
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The first comprehensive anthology of Jean-Francois Lyotard's writings together with a critical guide. The Lyotard Reader and Guide is designed as a one-stop companion to his thought. It covers the full range of Lyotard's work, from beginning to end, through his three main books (Discours, figure, Libidinal Economy and The Differend) and up to his influential essays in The Inhuman and Postmodern Fables. The readings are organised in sections on philosophy, politics, art and literature for ease of use. Detailed introductions to each section explain Lyotard's key ideas and raise criticisms, providing a clear critical introduction to Lyotard and his works. As a sourcebook and guide the book will be indispensable for the subjects touched by Lyotard's ground-breaking conceptual innovations and ideas, notably, philosophy, critical theory, literature, art and politics. Key features *The most up-to-date and comprehensive volume available *Includes the most important as well as less well known texts and newly translated work *Carefully selected and presented by leading Lyotard scholars *Broad coverage in sections covering Philosophy, Literature, Politics and Art *Full explanatory introductions to each section as well as a General Introduction provide a critical guide to Lyotard's work

Why Philosophize? (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard Why Philosophize? (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Why Philosophize? is a series of lectures given by Jean-Francois Lyotard to students at the Sorbonne embarking on their university studies. The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive. Lyotard begins by drawing on Plato, Proust and Lacan to show that philosophy is a never-ending desire - for wisdom, for the other . In the second lecture he draws on Heraclitus and Hegel to explore the close relation between philosophy and history: the same restlessness, the same longing for a precarious unity, drives both. In his third lecture, Lyotard examines how philosophy is a form of utterance, both communicative and indirect. Finally, he turns to Marx, exploring the extent to which philosophy can be a transformative action within the world. These wonderfully accessible lectures by one of the most influential philosophers of the last 50 years will attract a wide readership, since, as Lyotard says, How can one not philosophize? They are also an excellent introduction to Lyotard s mature thought, with its emphasis on the need for philosophy to bear witness, however obliquely, to a recalcitrant reality.

La Condicion Postmoderna (English, Spanish, Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard La Condicion Postmoderna (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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El saber posmoderno no es solo el instrumento de los poderes: refina nuestra sensibilidad ante las diferencias y refuerza nuestra capacidad para soportar lo inconmensurable. No encuentra su razon en la homologia de los expertos, sino en la paralogia de los inventores. Entonces, es practicable una legitimacion del lazo social, una sociedad justa, segun una paradoja analoga? En que consiste esta?

La Posmodernidad (Explicada a Los Ninos) (English, Spanish, Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard La Posmodernidad (Explicada a Los Ninos) (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Differend - Phrases in Dispute (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard Differend - Phrases in Dispute (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Signed, Malraux (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard Signed, Malraux (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Traces the life and career of the French novelist, describing his participation in the Spanish Civil War, command of a World War II resistance brigade, and his position as a government minister.

Libidinal Economy (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard Libidinal Economy (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Translated by Iain Hamilton Grant
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First published in 1974, Libidinal Economy is a major work of twentieth century continental philosophy. In it, Lyotard develops the idea of economies driven by libidinal `energies' or `intensities' which he claims flow through all structures, such as the human body and political or social events. He uses this idea to interpret a diverse range of subjects including political economy, Marxism, sexual politics, semiotics and psychoanalysis. Lyotard also carries out a broad critique of philosophies of desire, as expounded by Deleuze and Guattari, Nietzsche, Bataille, Foucault and de Sade.

The Postmodern Condition - A Report on Knowledge (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Postmodern Condition - A Report on Knowledge (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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In this book it explores science and technology, makes connections between these epistemic, cultural, and political trends, and develops profound insights into the nature of our postmodernity.

Libidinal Economy (Paperback, New edition): Jean-Francois Lyotard Libidinal Economy (Paperback, New edition)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Is regarded as the most important response to the philosophies of desire, as expounded by thinkers such as de Sade, Nietzsche, Bataille, Foucault and Deleuze and Guattari. It is a major work not only of philosophy, but of sexual politics, semiotics and literary theory, that signals the passage to postmodern philosophy.

The Lyotard Reader (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Lyotard Reader (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Volume editing by Andrew Benjamin
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Jean-Francois Lyotard was one of the founding members of the College Internationale de philosophie. Ha has taught at Vincennes, Saint Denis and is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Irvine. Several of his books have appeared in English, notable "The Postmodern Condition, Just Gaming" and "The Dirrerend,"

"The Lyotard Reader" is a collection of Jean-Francois Lyotard's most important and significant papers to date. While they are all written from within philosophy, they seek to address subjects as wide-ranging as film, painting (Adami, Francken, Newman), psychoanalysis, Judaism and politics. The originality of Lyotard's work means that it can not be readily situated within any one philosophical tradition. Instead he returns philosophy itself to debates across a range of areas and, in so doing, redefines the philosophical enterprise.

A number of chapters in "The Lyotard Reader" appear for the first time in English. This is the most comprehensive collection available of Lyotard's work, work has profoundly influenced debates on the Enlightenment, on modernity, on postmodernity, on the transmission f information, on literary theory and on philosophy.

Enthusiasm - The Kantian Critique of History (Paperback, New): Jean-Francois Lyotard Enthusiasm - The Kantian Critique of History (Paperback, New)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Edited by Georges Van Den Abbeele
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"Enthusiasm" studies what Kant calls a "strong" sense of the sublime, not as an aesthetic feeling but as a form of political judgment rendered not by the active participants in historical events but those who witness them from afar. Lyotard's analysis, preparatory to his work in "The Differend" and subsequent publications, is a radical rereading of the Kantian "faculties," traditionally understood as functions of the mind, in terms of a philosophy of phrases derived from Lyotard's prior encounters with Wittgenstein's theory of language games. The result is a kind of "fourth" critique based in Kant's later political and historical writings, with an emphasis on understanding the place of those sudden and unscripted events that have the power to reshape the political/historical landscape (such as the French Revolution, May 1968, and others).

Soundproof Room - Malraux's Anti-Aesthetics (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard Soundproof Room - Malraux's Anti-Aesthetics (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Translated by Robert Harvey
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In this, one of the last published books planned by one of the major cultural philosophers of our time, Lyotard addresses, in his powerful and allusive critical voice, Malraux's reflections on art and literature. The result, more than a sequel to Lyotard's acclaimed biography "Signe Malraux," tells us as much about Lyotard and his critical concerns as it does about Malraux. It gives us Lyotard's final thoughts on his long study of the critical, disruptive possibilities of art and of the relation between aesthetics and politics. At first glance, Lyotard's sympathetic and generous analysis of Malraux might be surprising to some, for Malraux's metaphysics of art seems far removed from, if not diametrically opposed to, Lyotard's postmodern, experimental approach. But this is perhaps the book's greatest achievement, for Lyotard succeeds both in giving a compelling critical reading of Malraux (and through him of an entire era of art criticism) and in presenting, complicating, and developing his own position on art and aesthetics.
In order to present Lyotard's exquisitely compact style in the best possible way, the original French text appears on facing pages with the English translation.

The Confession of Augustine (Paperback): Jean-Francois Lyotard The Confession of Augustine (Paperback)
Jean-Francois Lyotard; Translated by Richard Beardsworth
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This remarkable posthumous work by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century engages Augustine's "Confessions," one of the major canonical works of world literature and the very paradigm of autobiography as a definable genre of writing.
Lyotard approaches his subject by returning to his earliest phenomenological training, rearticulating Augustine's sensory universe from a vantage point imaginarily inside the confessant's world, a vantage point that reveals the intense point of conjuncture between the sensual and the spiritual, the erotic world and the mystical, being and appearance, sin and salvation. Lyotard reveals the very origins of phenomenology in Augustine's narrative, and in so doing also shows the origins of semiotics to lie there (in the explication of the Augustinian heavens as skin, as veil, as vellum).
Lyotard's explication of Augustine is also a final survey of the entirety of the philosophical enterprise, a philosopher's profound reflections on the very basis of philosophy. He sees the "Confessions" as a major source of the Western--and decidedly modern--determination of the self and of its normativity, the point of departure for all reflection and the condition of possibility of all experience. Lyotard suggests that Augustine's "I," Descartes's "cogito," and Husserl's "transcendental ego" in essence or structurally say the same thing.
Lyotard aims at no simple ascription of Augustine's position. Instead, his text centers on what he takes to be Augustine's central confession: the repeated avowal of an essential uncertainty concerning the status of the faith confessed, of being in a sense already too late, of a difficulty in being no longer of this world while being in it all the same. Far from offering the foundation of all subsequent journeys to selfhood, Lyotard sees the "Confessions" as many evocations of a certain loss of self, of a temporality that is not given or recuperated all at once--or once and for all--but that time and again is lost or forgotten.

Signed, Malraux (Hardcover): Jean-Francois Lyotard Signed, Malraux (Hardcover)
Jean-Francois Lyotard
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Andre Malraux (1901-1976) was a swashbuckling character -- a self-invented adventurer, a onetime smuggler of artifacts, a fighter in the Spanish Civil War and the French Resistance, an artist and thinker. He has come to epitomize the committed writer, one who not only wrote about revolution but who, when necessary, laid down his pen to pick up a gun. In this incisive and evocative account, Jean-Francois Lyotard goes beyond the facts and legends about Malraux. Lyotard's project is to get under Malraux's skin, tracing the interactions among art, literature, politics, sexuality, and ideology that led to his emergence as a cultural icon.

Lyotard's Malraux is a man haunted by death -- not the existentialist dread of living in freedom, but the certainty that we are destined to die. Because he believed that only art is somewhat enduring, he concluded that we should turn our lives into works of art. In his title, Lyotard alludes to this idea: to sign one's life as one would a painting. Through this conceit, Lyotard draws from and then challenges conventional ideas of biography, blurring the difference between writing and acting, between words and deeds.

In Signed, Malraux, Lyotard provides both a compelling account of this fascinating figure and a new understanding of the man. In doing so, Lyotard not only explores all of Malraux's major themes -- art, the Far East, women, politics, communism, fascism -- he creates Malraux anew as an emblem of freedom of thought for our era.

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