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The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness Paperback – Apr 16 2012

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (Tx) (April 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822352281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822352280
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In The Already Dead, Eric Cazdyn establishes what he calls a non-moralizing critique of capitalism, starting from the premise that crisis does not symptomize the failure of the system but rather its proper functioning. He is committed to a systemic, radical critique that keeps open the possibilities of revolution. This is a bracing and provocative book, both ideationally and stylistically." Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine "This immensely ambitious and unclassifiable theoretical work begins by projecting a new kind of temporality - the chronic - out of medical practice in order to range across the political, the cultural, the national, the autobiographical, and the economic, touching in passing on film and globalization, and in the process unearthing new life forms: the already dead, the undead, and the always already dead. It is an exciting journey." - Fredric Jameson, Duke University

About the Author

Eric Cazdyn is Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of "The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan;" editor of "Trespasses: Selected Writings of Masao Miyoshi, " (both published by Duke University Press); and coauthor, with Imre Szeman, of" After Globalization."

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mika Kumpulainen on Dec 24 2012
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The book was fine as far as condition if i should make a comment twards that.but the book itself i don't know if i like it. But that might be me. The cover was amazing, seemed insanely relevant, but he goes on too many tangents to get to the point, where you generally forget that point, and the language seems excessive. I also call it a book of interpretations, where he constantly reads and says what he thinks of others work, thats alright, but i'd think thats left for every individual to do for themselves to both see for themselves and understand for themselves. everyone reading a book of some guys take on a thing, why not just see the thing for yourself.

And to and for those who cannot see, is a good reason to write i book, don't think this one does that
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Makes Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine seem like the feel-good book of the year Oct. 4 2014
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Fairly readable analysis of how the management of what once were fatal diseases and are now, instead, chronic conditions parallels the development of a state of chronic crisis in the global economy, permanent war, constant surveillance, etc. The author is an American who was diagnosed with leukemia after living and working in Canada for over two years. When he was diagnosed Canada tried to kick him out. Here, he looks at various cultural markers (conspiracy-themed films, for instance) and argues that what many would explain away as part of this or that discrete conspiracy or political crime is actually simply an exploitive system functioning as "normal." Revolution (or any form of real change) has become more unthinkable than fictional doomsday scenarios. Makes Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine seem like the feel-good book of the year.