Martin Heidegger speaks of technology as a "Gestell" or a "frame". This is not a finished construction, but an activity of "ordering". Modern technology, for him, is the culmination of the "conquest of the world as a picture". For Heidegger, the word "image" means "the structure of imaginative creation" - an activity "of the calculation, the planning and the cultivation of all things." The totality of this representational production, the framework, is itself not technical, but a fateful relationship of man to his world and to himself. In the placing and ordering of nature, according to Heidegger, man makes it a "standing-reserve ". Forests, coal seams, oil wells, ore mines belong to the earth, materials and energies that man has turned into "standing-reserve" in the attempt to make a more efficient output.
The Argentinian Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) is one of the most dazzling cult figures of Latin American literature. When Cronopios and Famas was published, fifty years ago, Julio Cortázar was already an author admired and praised by critics thanks to his early books of short stories and also his novel "The Winners". He had not yet published… Continue reading Cronopios y Famas (Julio Cortazar, 1962)
Eka Kurniawan tells a story of a great rage The Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan reverts to old folk beliefs in the novel ‘Man Tiger’. It covers not only a psychological drama but also many layers of his native culture. One day the young Margio jumps to his neighbor Anwar Sadat and bites him in his… Continue reading Man Tiger (Eka Kurniawan, 2015)
The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-Century France Politics occurs when those who do not have the time, take the necessary time to live as a resident of a common space, proving that their mouths do not only speak with a voice but with a language, which signifies the pain. [...] Politics consists in the division of the sensible,… Continue reading Proletarian Nights (Jacques Ranciere, 2012)
The female figure in the cover of Salman Rushdie's eighth novel, the "Enchantress of Florence" hints on the action that will unfold in the text. But before any of the action occurs, Rushdie loses himself in meandering narrative streams and meticulous details. The story begins at the end of the fifteenth century where we meet… Continue reading The Enchantress of Florence (Salman Rushdie, 2008)
Annette Hug's novel "Wilhelm Tell in Manila" follows the life of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal through the jungle of words and languages. The ambitious novel essentially attempts to tell the story about how literature changes the world. For Jose Rizal, his attempt to change the world with literature ends in his own death. Rizal is… Continue reading Wilhelm Tell in Manila (Annette Hug, 2016)
As a psychiatrist and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon took part in the fight against French colonialism in the fifties. Today numerous publications are devoted to him. Is Fanon more relevant today? At the end of 1956, Frantz Fanon joined the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) in the Algerian liberation struggle. The distance between the present world… Continue reading The masks of Frantz Fanon