Critique of Everyday Life

Henri Lefebvre, Author, John Moore, Translator, Michel Trebitsch, Introduction by Verso $39.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-86091-331-3
``The more needs a human being has, the more he exists,'' quips Lefebvre in a savage critique of consumerist society, first published in 1947. The French philosopher, historian and Marxist sociologist, who died this summer at age 90, meditates on the dehumanization and ugliness smuggled into daily life under cover of purity, utility, beauty. He deconstructs leisure as a form of social control, spanks surrealism for its turning away from reality, and attempts to get past the ``mystification'' inherent in bourgeois life by analyzing Chaplin's films, Brecht's epic theater, peasant festivals, daydreams, Rimbaud and the rhythms of work and relaxation. Rejecting the inauthentic, which he perceives in a church service or in rote work from which one is alienated, Lefebvre nevertheless seeks to unearth the human potential that may be inherent in such rituals. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
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