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In Search of Wagner

Theodor W. Adorno Slavoj Zizek

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Verso
18 June 2009
Music; Theory of music & musicology; Philosophy: aesthetics; Marxism & Communism
Written in exile from Germany, this potent study of Europe's most controversial composer explodes the frontiers of musical and cultural analysis. Measuring key elements of Wagner's oeuvre with patent musical dexterity, Adorno sheds light on a nineteenth-century bourgeois figure whose operas betray the social gestures and high-culture fantasies that helped plant the seeds of the modern Culture Industry. A foreword by Slavoj i ek situates Adorno's reflections within present debates over Wagner's anti-Semitism and the moral status of his work, proving why this book remains one of the most important character studies of the twentieth century.
By:   Theodor W. Adorno, Slavoj Zizek
Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Series 4
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   181g
ISBN:   9781844673445
ISBN 10:   1844673448
Series:   Radical Thinkers
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   18 June 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  General ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Theodor W. Adorno was director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt from 1956 until his death in 1969. His works include Minima Moralia, Quasi una Fantasia, Aesthetic Theory, Negative Dialectics and (with Max Horkheimer) Dialectic of Enlightenment.

Reviews for In Search of Wagner

An astonishing book, comparable only to the later Wagner tracts by Nietzsche... essential reading for anyone seriously involved with the composer, and now we can read it thanks to a superior translation by Rodney Livingstone. New York Review of Books


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