Everyone already knows that poets are not invoked in bad times. No one asks them anything. They are the ones who approach us and, without notice, start humming in our ear. This is what happened to me, like many others, when I found myself, half a century ago, not even knowing where in the middle of Bolivia I was, weeks incomunicado, no books, no newspapers, no paper, in a few square meters. Memories a bit like those from school days, completely involuntary, served me as a lifeline. It was only when I returned to his books that I discovered the real whistleblower and, on the other hand, beyond the poetic, the most penetrating „insights into the modern world“. About our civilization and its traps, about the way we can and should live in modernity, about what has made Europe European and what can take away its spirit, so caught between between America on the one hand and Asia on the other. That falsely old gentleman who is rejuvenated by each passing year and reading his opus that allows insight into our system of scales. By helping us to move away, it also helps us take off our masks to see ourselves as we really are, without pretending. Let's start the walk from the deepest inside, disturbing and fun. To make selfish leisure useful.
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Jules Régis Debray (1940) is a French philosopher, journalist, former government official and academic. He is known for his theorizing of mediology, a critical theory of the long-term transmission of cultural meaning in society, for collaborating with Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in Bolivia during 1967, and for promoting the presidency of Salvador Allende in Chile in the early 1970s. He returned to France in 1973, and later performed various official duties in the government. Some of his works are Révolution dans la révolution? Lutte armée et lutte politique en Amérique latine (1967), Dieu, un itineraire (2001) and Transmitting Culture (2004).
His book Civilization. How We All Became Americans was published by TIM press in 2019.
- ISBN: 978-953-8075-85-8
- Dimensions: 110x170 mm
- Number of pages: 168
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2020
- Original title: Un été avec Paul Valéry
- Original language: French
- Translation: Alja Gudžević