By Adam Lebor, April 18, 2008
As bookshop shelves groan under the weight of ghost-written biographies, misery memoirs and celebrity recipes, it is invigorating to find a publisher tackling the great questions of our age. Slavoj Zizek’s latest work Violence (£12.99) is part of Profile’s Big Ideas series. Other volumes tackle democracy, identity and bodies.
Zizek’s thoughtfully provocative book examines violence in a series of essays that ranges from the tinder-box suburbs of Paris, to Abu Ghraib prison, Stalin’s purges, and the Holocaust.