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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook of Like a Thief in Broad Daylight by Slavoj Žižek, read by Jamie East.  

In recent years, techno-scientific progress has started to utterly transform our world - changing it almost beyond recognition. In this extraordinary new audiobook, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek turns to look at the brave new world of Big Tech, revealing how, with each new wave of innovation, we find ourselves moving closer and closer to a bizarrely literal realisation of Marx's prediction that 'all that is solid melts into air'. With the automation of work, the virtualisation of money, the dissipation of class communities and the rise of immaterial, intellectual labour, the global capitalist edifice is beginning to crumble, more quickly than ever before - and it is now on the verge of vanishing entirely. 

But what will come next? Against a backdrop of constant sociotechnological upheaval, how could any kind of authentic change take place? In such a context, Zizek argues, there can be no great social triumph - because lasting revolution has already come into the scene, like a thief in broad daylight, stealing into sight right before our very eyes. What we must do now is wake up and see it.   

Urgent as ever, Like a Thief in Broad Daylight illuminates the new dangers as well as the radical possibilities thrown up by today's technological and scientific advances and their electrifying implications for us all.    

©2018 Slavoj Žižek (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Zižek is a thinker who regards nothing as outside his field: the result is deeply interesting and provocative." (Guardian

"Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation." (New Yorker) 

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very insighful

liked the Book in a lacanian hegalian sense and so on and so on sniffle sniffle

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Marx and Hegel without the resentment

Zizek shares the wisdom that can be gleaned from a desire for world beyond our current system and does so in a truly sympathetic way with brilliant use of iconic movie and story references. A true critic of both the left and the right who doesn't make any apology for the ideologies of the past. He takes his time through this book to convince the reader that referring to all hope for radical change should be shunned as authoritarian utopianism proves to be itself another ideology.

Zizek is in a truly unique position as a true friend of Julian Assange and so does not rely on the stupid Russia meddling narrative to make his criticisms of Trump. No one escapes his level headed and entertaining social criticisms in this book.

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Short and lacking content

I didn't feel like this book contained much, and the narrator speaks in a non-standard accent which makes it harder to understand though you do get used to it over time. Not completely uninteresting though.

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