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    Correspondence: The Foundation of the Situationist International (June 1957 - August 1960) (Semiotext(e) Foreign Agents) (Hardback) By (author) Guy Debord, Translated by Stuart Kendall, Translated by John McHale, Introduction by McKenzie Wark

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    DescriptionYesterday, the police interrogated me at length about the journal and other Situationist organizations. It was only a beginning. This is, I think, one of the principal threats that came up quickly during the discussion: the police want to consider the S.I. as an association to bring about the destruction of France.--from CorrespondenceThis volume traces the dynamic first years of the Situationist International movement--a cultural avant-garde that continues to inspire new generations of artists, theorists, and writers more than half a century later. Debord's letters--published here for the first time in English--provide a fascinating insider's view of just how this seemingly disorganized group drifting around a newly consumerized Paris became one of the most defining cultural movements of the twentieth century. Circumstances, personalities, and ambitions all come into play as the group develops its strategy of anarchic, conceptual, but highly political "intervention." Brilliantly conceived, this collection of letters offers the best available introduction to the Situationist International movement by detailing, through original documents, how the group formed and defined its cultural mission: to bring about, "by any means possible, even artistic," a complete transformation of personal life within the Society of the Spectacle.

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    The Foundation of the Situationist International (June 1957 - August 1960)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guy Debord, Translated by Stuart Kendall, Translated by John McHale, Introduction by McKenzie Wark
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    ISBN 13: 9781584350637
    ISBN 10: 1584350636

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    BISAC V2.8: ART015110, LCO011000
    B&T Approval Code: A23305060
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    DC22: 303, 303.484092
    BISAC V2.8: ART037000
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    LC classification: HN440.R3 D433213 2009
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    Thema V1.0: AB, DND, JBCC
    Imprint name
    Semiotext (E)
    Publication date
    13 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Writer, filmmaker, and cultural revolutionary, Guy Debord (1931--1994) was a founding member of the Lettrist International and Situationist International groups. His films and books, including Society of the Spectacle (1967), were major catalysts for philosophical and political changes in the twentieth century, and helped trigger the May 1968 rebellion in France.
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    "The pathos of these letters is that Situationism is falling apart even as it is coming together, and that, in the complicated machinations of his scattered group, Debord is able to perform as many acts of friendship as he does of malice. To borrow the title of the film he made in 1959 about his Lettrist friends, the letters trace a 'passage of a few people through a rather brief moment in time,' a tracing again triangulated by three comrades above all Pinot, Jorn and Constant." Hal Foster London Review of Books