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Welcome to the Desert of the Real
by Slavoj Zizek
ISBN 1888301961 / 9781888301960 / 1-888301-96-1
Publisher Wooster Pr
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Alain Badiou identified as the key feature of the XXth century the "passion of the Real (la passion du réel)": in contrast to the XIXth century of the utopian or scientific projects and ideals, plans about the future, the XXth century aimed at delivering the thing itself, at directly realizing the longer - for New Order. The ultimate and defining experience of the XXth century was the direct experience of the Real as opposed to the everyday social reality - the Real in its extreme violence as the price to be paid for peeling off the deceiving layers of reality.
So, if the passion of the Real ends up with the pure semblance of the political theater, then, in an exact inversion, the postmodern passion of the semblance of the Last Men ends up in a kind of Real. [via]