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Combined and Uneven Apocalypse by xuanyuan7dai
April 27, 2012, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Nicole

An interesting theoretical/commentary political book that I gained reference recently: Combined and Uneven Apocalypse by Evan Calder Williams.

Here’s a brief introduction to the book:

From the repurposed rubble of salvagepunk to undead hordes banging on shopping mall doors, from empty waste zones to teeming plagued cities, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse grapples with the apocalyptic fantasies of our collapsing era. Moving through the films, political tendencies, and recurrent crises of late capitalism, Evan Calder Williams paints a black toned portrait of the dream  and nightmare  images of a global order gone very, very wrong. Situating itself in the defaulting financial markets of the present, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse glances back toward a messy history of zombies, car wrecks, tidal waves, extinction, trash heaps, labour, pandemics, wolves, cannibalism, and general nastiness that populate the underside of our cultural imagination. Every age may dream the end of the world to follow, but these scattered nightmare figures are a skewed refraction of the normal hell of capitalism. The apocalypse isn’t something that will happen one day: it’s just the slow unveiling of the catastrophe we’ve been living through for centuries. Against any fantasies of progress, return, or reconciliation, Williams launches a loathing critique of the bleak present and offers a graveside smile for our necessary battles to come.

This author is also writing his blog “Socialism and/or Babarism“, which he wrote on in parallel prior to the publication of this book (he posts new blogs in commenting on current events as well), also interesting to take a look at.

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Interesting reference, we will definately check it out, hopefully there is a good balance between bleakness and hope.

Comment by tutor

HI Nicole, could you please bring the book on Friday, I will like to have a look at it. Thanks!

Comment by tutor

sure i will!!

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