From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Verso Books is a radical publishing house based in London and New York City, founded in 1970 by the staff of New Left Review. Verso was originally known as New Left Books. The publisher gained early recognition for translations of books by European thinkers, especially those from the Frankfurt School.
Verso titles are distributed in the United States by W. W. Norton & Company.
Essays following 9/11
One year after 9/11, Verso Books published three controversial essays by leading continental philosophers Baudrillard (The Spirit of Terrorism, 2001), Virilio (Ground Zero, 2002), and Zizek (Welcome to the Desert of the Real, 2002).
A description from Verso Books:
- "Appearing on the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, these series of books from Verso present analyses of the United States, the media, and the events surrounding September 11 by Europe's most stimulating and provocative philosophers. Probing beneath the level of TV commentary, political and cultural orthodoxies, and 'rent-a-quote' punditry, Baudrillard, Virilio, and Žižek offer three highly original and readable accounts that serve as fascinating introductions to the direction of their respective projects, and as insightful critiques of the unfolding events. This series seeks to comprehend the philosophical meaning of September 11 and will leave untouched none of the prevailing views currently propagated."