Author(s): RAOUL VANEIGEM
Originally published just months before the May 1968 upheavals in France, Raoul Vaneigem's text offered a lyrical and aphoristic critique of the 'society of spectacle' from the point of view of individual experience. Vaneigem defines the alienating features of everyday life in consumer society and explores the countervailing impulses that persist within that alienation. The present English translation was first published by the Rebel Press in 1983. This new edition has been reviewed and corrected by the translator and contains a new preface by Raoul Vaneigem.
"The most striking aspect of Vaneigem's compendium of Free Spirit Lore is his ability to release the material into the present . . . you can almost feel the whole great edifice of social order--their Church, our capitalist democracy--gather itself up, take a deep breath, and run." --Greil Marcus, author, "Lipstick Traces" on "The Movement of the Free Spirit"
Raoul Vaneigem is a writer and a former member of the Situationist International and is a key theorist in the worldwide Occupy movement. His works include "The Book of Pleasures, A Cavalier History of Surrealism, Contributions to the Revolutionary Struggle, A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings, The Movement of the Free Spirit, "and" The Totality for Kids." Donald Nicholson-Smith is a former member of the Situationist International and a translator of the works of Guy Debord, Henri Lefebvre, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Thierry Jonquet, and Paco Ignacio Taibo II. He lives in New York City.