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Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School

Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School

By Stuart Jeffries

Grand Hotel Abyss combines biography, philosophy, and storytelling to reveal how a group of German thinkers, the Frankfurt School, redefined the twentieth century and our own times. Among the most prominent members of what became the Frankfurt School were the philosophers Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse. By taking popular culture seriously as an object of study—whether it was film, music, ideas, or consumerism—the Frankfurt School elaborated upon the nature and crisis of our mass-produced, mechanised society. Grand Hotel Abyss shows how much these ideas still tell us about our age of social media and runaway consumption.

Paperback
336 pages
Verso; Reprint edition (Sept. 26 2017)
ISBN 9781784785697

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