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Field of Battle

Semiotext(e) | April 30, 2019 | 192 pages
The emergence of a geopolitical war scenario, establishing a form of global governance that utilizes methods of surveillance and control. In times of war the law is silent. —from Field of Battle Field of Battle presents the world today as nothing less than a war in progress, with Mexico an... More Info

Last Days at Hot Slit

Semiotext(e) | March 5, 2019 | 408 pages
Selections from the work of radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin, famous for her antipornography stance and role in the feminist sex wars of the 1980s. Radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin was a caricature of misandrist extremism in the popular imagination and a polarizing figure within the... More Info

Social Practices

Semiotext(e) / Active Agents | August 14, 2018 | 296 pages
Essays on and around art and art practices by the author of I Love Dick. A border isn't a metaphor. Knowing each other for over a decade makes us witnesses to each other's lives. My escape is his prison. We meet in a bar and smoke Marlboros. --from Social Practices Mixing biography, autobiography,... More Info

Seasonal Associate

Semiotext(e) | August 24, 2018 | 240 pages
How the brutalities of working life are transformed into exhaustion, shame, and self-doubt: a writer's account of her experience working in an Amazon fulfillment center. No longer able to live on the proceeds of her freelance writing and translating income, German novelist Heike Geissler takes a... More Info

After Kathy Acker

Semiotext(e) | August 14, 2018 | 352 pages
The first authorized biography of postmodernism's literary hero, Kathy Acker. Acker's life was a fable; and to describe the confusion and love and conflicting agendas behind these memorials would be to sketch an apocryphal allegory of an artistic life in the late twentieth century. It is girls from... More Info

Whites, Jews, and Us

Semiotext(e) / Intervention | September 29, 2017 | 160 pages
Forthcoming from the MIT Press.  More Info

Now

Semiotext(e) / Intervention | November 10, 2017 | 88 pages
Forthcoming from the MIT Press.  More Info

After Kathy Acker

Semiotext(e) / Active Agents | August 25, 2017 | 288 pages
Forthcoming from the MIT Press.  More Info

Aliens & Anorexia

Semiotext | August 1, 2013 | 261 pages
First published in 2000, Chris Kraus's second novel, Aliens & Anorexia, defined a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical. Unfolding like a set of Chinese boxes, with storytelling and philosophy informing each other, the novel weaves together the lives of earnest visionaries... More Info

Hatred of Capitalism

Semiotext | August 17, 2019 | 421 pages
Jean Baudrillard meets Cookie Mueller in this gathering of French theory and new American fiction.  More Info

The Iguala 43

Semiotext(e) / Intervention | February 10, 2017 | 152 pages
The word "corruption" is insufficient for the magnitude of this evil. -- from The Iguala 43 On the night of September 26th, 2014, policemen attacked a group of student protestors in the Mexican town of Iguala. Forty-three of these students were then kidnapped and turned over to criminals who... More Info

Aberrant Movements

Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents | February 17, 2017 | 304 pages
There is always something schizophrenic about logic in Deleuze, which represents another distinctive characteristic: a deep perversion of the very heart of philosophy. Thus, a preliminary definition of Deleuze's philosophy emerges: an irrational logic of aberrant movements. -- from Aberrant... More Info

Psychoanalysis and Transversality

Semiotext(e) | January 5, 2015 | 384 pages
Originally published in French in 1972, Psychoanalysis and Transversality gathers all the articles that Félix Guattari wrote between 1955 and 1971. It provides a fascinating account of his intellectual and political itinerary before Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972), the... More Info

Torpor

Semiotext | January 16, 2015 | 312 pages
Sylvie wanted to believe that misery could simply be replaced with happiness. Time was a straight line, stretching out before you. If you could create a golden kind of time and lay it right beside the other time, the time of horror, Bad History could just recede into the distance without ever... More Info

The Missing Pieces

Semiotext | October 8, 2014 | 88 pages
• A boarder for two years following a national funeral, Mirabeau is removed from the Pantheon and transferred to the cemetery of Clamart when his pornographic novels are discovered • A photograph taken by Hessling on Christmas night, 1943, of a young woman nailed alive to the village gate of... More Info

Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires

Semiotext | August 1, 2014 | 88 pages
Octavio Paz: "If you love art, do something, Fantomas!"Fantomas: "I will, you candepend on it." First published in Spanish in 1975 and previously untranslated,Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires is Julio Cortázar's genre-jumpingmash-up of his participation in the Second Russell Tribunal on... More Info

The Divine Left

Semiotext | August 1, 2014 | 152 pages
First published in French in 1985, The Divine Left is JeanBaudrillard's chronicle of French political life from 1977 to 1984. It offers the closest thing topolitical analysis to be found from a thinker who has too often been regarded as apolitical.Gathering texts that originally appeared as... More Info

Signs and Machines

Semiotext | April 1, 2014 | 280 pages
"Capital is a semiotic operator": this assertion by Félix Guattari is atthe heart of Maurizio Lazzarato's Signs and Machines, which asks us to leavebehind the logocentrism that still informs so many critical theories. Lazzarato calls instead for anew theory capable of explaining how signs function... More Info

The Winter Is Over

Semiotext | May 3, 2013 | 264 pages
Automation and information technology have transformed the organization of labor tosuch an extent that the processes of exploitation have moved beyond the labor class and now workupon society as a whole. If this displacement has destroyed the political primacy of the laborclass, it has not,... More Info

The Sad Passions

Semiotext | March 22, 2013 | 344 pages
Told by six women in one family, Veronica Gonzalez Pena's The SadPassions captures the alertness, beauty, and terror of childhood lived in proximity tomadness. Set against the backdrop of a colonial past, spanning three generations, and shuttling fromMexico City to Oaxaca to the North Fork of Long... More Info

Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity

Semiotext | March 22, 2013 | 168 pages
What was once the factory is now the university. As deindustrialization spreads andthe working class is decentralized, new means of social resistance and political activism need to besought in what may be the last places where they are possible: the university and the art world.Gerald Raunig's new... More Info

The Ecstasy of Communication

Semiotext | December 14, 2012 | 128 pages
"The need to speak, even if one has nothing to say, becomes more pressing whenone has nothing to say, just as the will to live becomes more urgent when life has lost itsmeaning."--from The Ecstasy of Communication Firstpublished in France in 1987, The Ecstasy of Communication was... More Info

The Uprising

Semiotext | October 26, 2012 | 160 pages
The Uprising is an Autonomist manifesto for today's precarioustimes, and a rallying cry in the face of the catastrophic and irreversible crisis that neoliberalismand the financial sphere have established over the globe. In his newest book, Franco"Bifo" Berardi argues that the notion of economic... More Info

Lost Dimension

Semiotext | November 23, 2012 | 152 pages
"Where does the city without gates begin? Perhaps inside that fugitive anxiety,that shudder that seizes the minds of those who, just returning from a long vacation, contemplatethe imminent encounter with mounds of unwanted mail or with a house that's been broken into andemptied of its contents.  More Info

The Making of the Indebted Man

Semiotext | August 31, 2012 | 199 pages
The debtor-creditor relation, which is at the heart of this book, sharpens mechanismsof exploitation and domination indiscriminately, since, in it, there is no distinction betweenworkers and the unemployed, consumers and producers, working and non-working populations, betweenretirees and welfare... More Info

Halsted Plays Himself

Semiotext | October 28, 2011 | 216 pages
Fred Halsted's L.A. Plays Itself (1972) was gay porn's first masterpiece: a sexually explicit, autobiographical, experimental film whose New York screening left even Salvador Dalí repeatedly muttering "new information for me." Halsted, a self-taught filmmaker, shot the film over a period of three... More Info

The Agony of Power

Semiotext | December 17, 2010 | 127 pages
"This book gathers previously unpublished texts written in 2005"--P. 7.  More Info

The Administration of Fear

Semiotext | March 16, 2012 | 96 pages
We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself... More Info

Capital and Affects

Semiotext | August 5, 2011 | 160 pages
Communication as work: we have recently experienced a profound transformation in the processes of production. While the assembly line (invented by Henry Ford at the beginning of the last century) excluded any form of linguistic productivity, today, there is no production without communication. The... More Info