Contempt is a brilliant and unsettling work by one of the revolutionary masters of modern European literature. All the qualities for which Alberto Moravia is justly famous—his cool clarity of expression, his exacting attention to psychological complexity and social pretension, his still-striking openness about sex—are evident in this story of a failing marriage. Contempt (which was to inspire Jean-Luc Godard’s no-less-celebrated film) is an unflinching examination of desperation and self-deception in the emotional vacuum of modern consumer society.
Verso Paperback This is especially true of the science fiction film—a genre as old as cinema itself—which has rarely received the serious attention devoted to such genres as the western, the film [...]
Gary Mundy is the founding member of Ramleh, and ran the legendary label Broken Flag. In this frank memoir, Mundy examines themes of alienation, depression, artistic practice and what it means to [...]
Judith Butler – Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence
Responding to the US’s perpetual war, Butler explores how mourning could inspire solidarity In her most impassioned and personal book to date, Judith Butler responds in this profound appraisal of [...]
Alex Binnie’s ‘Scum’ is a cri de coeur against the hostile indifference of the universe and the absolute tyranny of body and mind. Originally written to be read aloud at punk poetry events Binnie [...]