IBNA- Persian translation of the enlightening book 'Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of ‎Spectacle' (2009) by American journalist and author Chris Hedges will be unveiled at Iran's Book News Agency today.
IBNA to unveil the enlightening book
The event is held concurrent with the Resistance Week in Iran and the third martyrdom anniversary of General Qassem Soleimani. It is slated for 10 AM and will be attended by the Persian translator of the book Shima Aali and an expert Ali-Reza Baligh who will discuss the book.
The book examines a claimed cultural decay in the United States as a result of a malignant consumer culture and corporate influences. Tehran-based Soureh Mehr Publishing has released 'Empire of Illusion’ in 303 pages.
A prescient book that forecasts the culture that gave rise to Trump- a society beholden to empty spectacle and obsession with the image at the expense of reality, reason, and truth.
An instant bestseller, ‘Empire of Illusion’ is a striking and unsettling exploration of illusion and fantasy in contemporary American culture. Traveling to the ringside of professional wrestling bouts at Madison Square Garden, to Las Vegas to write about the pornographic film industry, and to academic conferences held by positive psychologists who claim to be able to engineer happiness, Hedges chronicles our flight from an ever-worsening reality.
The cultural embrace of illusion and celebrity culture have accompanied a growing system of casino capitalism, which creates vast wealth for elites. Corporations have ruthlessly dismantled and destroyed the manufacturing base and impoverished the working class. Hedges exposes the mechanisms that undermine American democracy and divert Americans from the economic, environmental, political, and moral collapse around us. A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies, Hedges argues, and we are dying now.
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