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Panegyric

Written by Guy DebordAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Guy Debord
Translated by James BrookAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by James Brook and John McHaleAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John McHale

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Guy Debord’s silver-tongue-in-cheek autobiography mixes precision and pastiche in a whirlwind account of philosophy, exploit, and inebriation. From the stark professions of Volume I to the illustrated sequences of Volume 2, Panegyric confronts us with a figure who strategically, demonically tried to wrest life from the disabling modern ‘spectacle.’
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Praise

“A brief and elegiac memoir of a life lived in its shadows and cracks.”—Artforum

“As cryptic and self-effacing a self-portrait as can be found anywhere ... Panegyric is almost purely literary, in the sense that one need know or care nothing of the author to be captured by it: Debord is seeking to hijack his era into timelessness.”—London Review of Books

“These concise but extremely rich and provocative memoirs are the product of ... a philosopher whose scathing pen has never been so sharp.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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