By Don DeLillo
Eric Packer is a twenty-eight-year-old multi-billionaire asset supervisor. We subscribe to him on what is going to develop into a very eventful April day in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century big apple. He's on a private odyssey, to get a haircut. Sitting in his stretch limousine because it strikes throughout city, he unearths the town at a digital standstill as the President is traveling, a rapper's funeral is continuing, and a violent protest is being staged in occasions sq. via anti-globalist teams. such a lot worryingly, Eric's bodyguards are involved that he could be a aim ...An electrifying learn in affectlessness, infused with deep cynicism and measured detachment; a harsh indictment of the life-denying developments of capitalism; as brutal a dissection of the yank dream as Wolfe's "Bonfire" or Ellis' "Psycho", "Cosmopolis" is a caustic prophecy all too speedy realized.
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Otobiography, Transference, Translation, trans. Peggy Kamuf, ed. Christie McDonald, Lincoln, NA and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1988, p. 32. 5. Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1992, pp. xiii, xi. 6. Derrida, Specters, p. 68. 7. Bernd Magnus and Stephen Cullenberg, ‘Editors’ Introduction’ to Derrida, Specters, pp. vii, viii. 8. : Global Crises in International Perspective, New York and London: Routledge, 1995. 9. Derrida, Specters, p. 15.
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Erasure has even been turned against him, with one prominent critic, the American Wayne C. 34 Derrida is also concerned to counter what he refers to as the ‘metaphysics of presence’, the notion that meaning can be grasped in its entirety by language users, that the meanings of words are ‘present’ to us in our mind when 34 THE DECONSTRUCTIVE ETHOS we speak or write them, such that they can be passed on to others in a fairly pure form. For Derrida, this is a mere illusion, if also, as he acknowledges, a very deeply ingrained one in our culture.