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The Puppet and the Dwarf


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With this book Zizek consolidates his reputation as the foremost intellectual gadfly of the postmodern cosmopolis. For anyone interested in the contemporary vogue of the 'theological turn' or theories of 'religion without God,' The Puppet and the Dwarf is indispensable reading...If Socrates underwent a ten-year analysis with Jacques Lacan, the result would be Slavoj Zizek. -- Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

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Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher and cultural critic, is Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture, The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity, The Parallax View, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic (with John Milbank), and Zizek's Jokes (Did you hear the one about Hegel and negation?), these five published by the MIT Press.


A witty, informative trip...both erudite and accessible...

-Rick Mitchell, Leonardo Reviews

His writing is bold, confident and contentious.

-Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Magazine
The Puppet and the Dwarf is Zizek's most compelling and passionate writing on Christianity to date.-Erik Davis, Bookforum

Quite possibly the most entertaining philosopher working today. Zizek knows how to think the unthinkable.

-Jori Finkel, Village Voice

Slavoj Zizek may have the strongest 'brand identity'...of any cultural theorist now in the marketplace of ideas.

-Scott McLemee, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Zizek is the first Marxist to write theology in a post-marxist, post-secular age.

-Eugene McCarraher, In These Times

...Zizek mixes Pauline speculations with analyses of everything from G. K. Chesterton to chocolate eggs.

-Terry Eagleton, TLS

Zizekrarely fails to entertain...-Library Journal

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