فریڈم ۔ فاشزم ۔ فکشن
آزادی کی للکار بھارتی قبضے کے خلاف کشمیریوں کی جدوجہد کا نعرۂ مستانہ ہے۔ لطف یہ ہے کہ یہی نعرہ ہندو قوم پرستی کے منصوبے کے خلاف ہندوستان کی سڑکوں پر نکلے لاکھوں افراد کا نعرہ بھی بن گیا۔
ابھی اروندھتی رائے نے یہ پوچھنا شروع ہی کیا تھا کہ آزادی کے ان دو مطالبات کے درمیان کیا ہے؟ ایک خلیج یا ایک پُل؟ کہ سڑکیں خاموش ہو گئیں۔ صرف بھارت میں ہی نہیں بلکہ دنیا بھر میں۔ کرونا وائرس اپنے ساتھ آزادی کی ایک اور زیادہ دہشت نام تفہیم لے کر آیا جس نے بین الاقوامی سرحدوں کو لایعنی بنا کر رکھ دیا۔ پوری پوری آبادیاں اس کے نتیجے میں گھروں میں بند ہو کر رہ گئیں اور اس نے جدید دنیا کا پہیہ ایسے روک کر رکھ دیا جسے کوئی اور شے کبھی روک نہ سکتی۔
ان تہلکہ خیز مضامین میں اروندھتی رائے ہمیں ایک ایسی دنیا میں آزادی کے معنی پر غور کرنے پر مجبور کرتی ہیں جہاں استبداد کا راج بڑھتا جا رہا ہے۔
اِن مضامین میں عوامی اور نجی زبان کے ساتھ ساتھ ان اضطراب انگیز دنوں میں فکشن اور متبادل تخیل کے کردار پر غوروفکر بھی شامل ہے۔ اروندھتی رائے کہتی ہیں کہ کرانا وائرس جیسی عالمی وبا ایک دنیا اور دوسری دنیا کے درمیان ایک پورٹل ، ایک راستہ ہے۔ یہ وبا اپنے ساتھ جتنی بھی بیماری اور تباہی لائی ہو، لیکن یہ نسل انسانی کے لئے ایک دعوت بھی ہے اور ایک موقع بھی، کہ وہ کسی متبادل دنیا کا خواب دیکھ سکے۔
Publisher: Folio Books
Release date: October 16, 2021
Availability: In Stock
Covid-19 Shakes the World
by Slavoj Zizek
Rs. 795 Rs. 399
As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes, and speculate on the profundity of its consequences, all in a manner that will have you sweating profusely and gasping for breath?
We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new form of communism may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.
Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H.G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx in these pages), Žižek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.
Slavoj Žižek is one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers and cultural theorists in the world today. His inventive, provocative body of work mixes Hegelian metaphysics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist dialectic in order to challenge conventional wisdom and accepted verities on both the Left and the Right.
“An impressive feat… [Žižek] at his most powerful.” —The Guardian
“Passages of beauty… a hire-wire juxtaposition of far-left political theory and pop culture, held together by the force of [Žižek’s] rumpled charm.” —BuzzFeed
“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” —The New Yorker
“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” —Adam Kirsch, The New Republic
Unaffordable housing, poverty wages, inadequate healthcare, border policing, climate change—these are not what you ordinarily hear feminists talking about. But aren’t they the biggest issues for the vast majority of women around the globe?
Taking as its inspiration the new wave of feminist militancy that has erupted globally, this manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fght for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.
Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Classics
Binding: Hardback (Cloth Cover)
Publishing date: March 08, 2020
Availability: In Stock
Joys and Jitters of Many Journeys
by Razi Azmi
Rs. 1,495 | $ 25.00
A World Unveiled captures Razi Azmi’s many journeys spanning decades across Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Russia, all undertaken with something approaching religious zeal. This is a compelling travelogue with many elements: personal stories, adventures, social encounters, historical facts, geographical descriptions, anecdotes and more. The author shares not just his passion for travel and the thrill of his journeys but also the frustrations and annoyances that inevitably accompany the intrepid traveller: moments of ecstasy and excitement interspersed with frustrations, dangers and vagaries of visas. As Razi Azmi describes his fascinating trips in A World Unveiled, he seems to take you along with him to his numerous destinations.
“Razi Azmi chronicles his world-wide adventures in the great and enduring tradition of travel writers from Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta to Richard Haliburton and Paul Theroux. A keen observer and meticulous penman, he records in fascinating detail his journeys from tiny specks of nations like Lesotho to the vast steppes of Russia and the wide Canadian prairies. Throughout, his descriptions are colourful and witty and evoke the very character of the lands and peoples he visits.”
– B. R. Burg, Former Professor, Arizona State University
“Of many reasons to read this book, three stand out in particular: Razi Azmi has been to hundreds of places most people will never get to; he’s talked to more people in more languages than most people ever will; and he has a sense of humour more profound than most travel writers.”
– Carl Pletsch, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado
“Razi Azmi writes with empathy and respect for the lands, people and their cultures. I am particularly impressed by his detailed observations and descriptions of the people and places in Africa, the continent of my birth and growth. But it wasn’t until I read Razi’s travelogue that I realised how little I knew about my own continent.”
– Ali Tunne Godana, Kenyan Travel Enthusiast
“Razi Azmi, like me, was born with itchy feet, which took us far and away to different parts of the world. His accounts of India in particular—the places, the train odysseys, the bustling mood—are fascinating to read. I salute him for his travels and insightful narration of his experiences covering much of the world.”
– Sandip Hor, Indian Travel Writer and Photographer
“Razi Azmi gives us a poignant, simultaneous look at geographic, demographic and political landscapes. He’s a polyglot with as many interests and stories. Unlike accidental tourists, he follows an intentional course, with articulate conversations about both the structured and serendipitous. And he is fearless in doing so, following the George Packer model (the Atlantic): ‘A writer who’s afraid to tell people what they don’t want to hear has chosen the wrong trade.’ Azmi should never trade his trade; he demonstrates joy, courage and candour in his timely reflections .”
– Jerry Pattengale, Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University
“Packed with fascinating details and insights, A World Unveiled brings to life the infinity of meandering plains, the aromas escaping deep from within narrow bazaars. It is a gift for these times, when so much has changed for the intrepid and curious traveler alike.”
– Amna Zuberi, Pakistani Travel and Documentary Photographer
Publisher: Folio Books
Release date: July 15, 2021
Pages: 336 including 21 maps and 22 photos
Availability: In Stock
The Formation of Karl Marx’s Worldview
by Eric Rahim
Rs. 995 Rs. 695 | $ 09.00
A Promethean Vision outlines the main intellectual stages in the development of Karl Marx’s theory of historical development, often referred to as historical materialism or the materialist conception of history. The book charts Marx’s journey from his early life as a Young Hegelian immersed in German philosophical tradition through his turn toward political economy. In Eric Rahim’s interpretation his worldview developed as a synthesis of his philosophical thinking (critique of Hegel and Feuerbach) with classical political economy of Adam Smith. The central point is that Marx’s worldview should be seen as a method for analysing historical development and not as a ‘historical-philosophical theory’ with a deterministic approach to the understanding of historical development.
“As an account of how Marx came to develop his materialist conception of history I cannot think of a better one [book].”
– Professor David McLellan, Goldsmith’s College, University of London; Author of Karl Marx: His Life and Thought
‘This is a remarkably clear exposition of Marx’s vision of human development. Eric Rahim demonstrates that Marx’s materialist understanding of human development bears no relation to the crude deterministic caricatures offered by some of his critics. For Marx, Rahim argues, what each generation inherits from its predecessor contains the potential for further development. Realisation of this potential requires that human beings understand both the possibilities and constraints of their particular conjuncture and act on them. This is not straightforward. Advance is possible but it is not automatic or pre-determined.”
–Dr. Renee Prendergast, Queen’s University of Belfast; Co-editor of Contributions to the History of Economic Thought
“It is no accident that after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Marx’s Capital and Keynes’s General Theory returned to the bestseller list. Eric Rahim’s new volume, A Promethean Vision: The Formation of Marx’s Worldview, is an indispensable complement to a reading or re-reading of Capital. Rahim’s volume is an exemplary work of analysis and scholarship. It tells the reader where and what Marx was doing up to the writing of Capital. It sets out the historical and political environment in which Marx found himself and explains most clearly what his ideas were at each moment of time and how they evolved. The narrative is backed by detailed evidence and accounts of the interactions of Marx with his contemporaries and of their inter-related influence on one another. A striking feature of the volume is Rahim’s great ability to set out the essence of Marx’s ideas and breakthroughs.”
–Professor GC Harcourt, University of New South Wales; Author of Some Cambridge Controversies in the Theory of Capital
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