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By G. Willow Wilson

ISBN-10: 0771089104

ISBN-13: 9780771089107

A tour-de-force of a debut that blends vintage myth -- the attention-grabbing, scary, sometimes-invisible global of the djinn -- that's genies to a couple folks -- with the 21st-century fact of a super-hacker in mortal hazard in a repressive defense country at the Arabian Gulf.

Alif (that's his deal with) is an excellent younger superhacker figuring out of his mother's small house, and his desktop has simply been breached. whereas Alif scrambles to guard his consumers -- dissidents and outlaws alike, whoever must cover their electronic strains, he and his buddies discover that they've been came upon by way of 'the Hand' -- might be somebody, possibly a software, yet certainly capable of finding a person, and which may result in criminal, or worse. Alif, with assistance from his youth pal Dina, an historic e-book despatched to him in mystery by way of his misplaced love (who will be frighteningly attached to the Hand) and a terrifying protector who almost looks human, needs to pass underground -- or quite, give you the option into the hidden global of the djinn. They wrote the mysterious ebook centuries in the past, and feature wisdom that would simply permit Alif to infiltrate the main refined info expertise the area has ever visible, and maybe store himself, his family, and freedom itself. With colors of Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, William Gibson, and the undying Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour-de-force debut with significant capability -- a masterful, addictive mixture of the traditional and the more-than-modern, smuggled within an impossible to resist page-turner.

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Identity thinking is reified consciousness that takes the conceptualized thing for the thing itself; the pre-eminent exemplification of this process being commodity fetishism. It is an attitude that is not only constitutive of modern subjective idealism, but also conditioned by the exchange processes of the political economy. The more the subject is distanced from the object, the more of an object the subject becomes. Purification of the subjective qualities leads away from knowledge of the object by rendering the subjective form autonomous and devoid of its own experiences: “Loss of memory as the 28 Discourse, Desire, and Fantasy in Jürgen Habermas’ Critical Theory transcendental condition of science.

Memory comes to be scorned as weakness and sentimentality. This process of renunciation serves as a source of increasing anxiety and affective ambivalence in which manifest impulses contain both love and hate. What is supposed to bring the subject pleasure, however false this pleasure may be, is transformed into abstract terror: “Humanity . . is forced back to more primitive anthropological stages, since, with the technical facilitation of existence, the continuance of domination demands the fixation of instincts by greater repression.

What Marcuse is concerned with is the substantive irrationality of the performance principle: it is the social system that is irrational, in the sense that it produces misery and exploitation. Suffering should not be taken to signify personal failure or individual incompetence, but must be seen in terms of its holistic or totalitarian features. In late capitalism this truth has become subterranean, buried beneath thick layers of repression and cultural introjection. Reification stands in accord with the authoritarian idea that what exists now must necessarily exist in this particular way.

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