Author(s): Franco Bifo Berardi
What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? In his most unsettling book to date, Franco "Bifo" Berardi embarks on an exhilarating journey through philosophy, psychoanalysis and current events, searching for the social roots of the mental malaise of our age.
Spanning an array of horrors - the Aurora "Joker" killer; Anders Breivik; American school massacres; the suicide epidemic in Korea and Japan; and the recent spate of "austerity" suicides in Europe - Heroes dares to explore the darkest shadow cast by the contemporary obsession with relentless competition and hyper-connectivity. In a volume that crowns four decades of radical intellectual work, Berardi develops the psychoanalytical insights of his friend F lix Guattari and proposes dystopian irony as a strategy to disentangle ourselves from the deadly embrace of absolute capitalism.
Praise for Franco "Bifo" Berardi: "Bifo is a master of global activism in the age of depression. His mission is to understand real existing capitalism. Sense the despair of the revolt, enjoy this brilliant 'labour of the negative'!" --Geert Lovink, Founding Director of the Institute of Network Cultures "As a diagnostician, Berardi is among the sharpest." --"Slate"
Franco Berardi Bifo was the founder of the pirate radio station Radio Alice in 1976. One of the most prominent members of Autonomia, Berardi worked closely with the French psychoanalyst Felix Guattari throughout the 1980s. His latest books in English are The Soul at Work: from Alienation to Autonomy; The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance; and After the Future.