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L'illusion De La Fin, Ou, La Greve Des Evenements (Collection L'espace Critique) (French Edition)
Title:L'illusion De La Fin, Ou, La Greve Des Evenements (Collection L'espace Critique) (French Edition)
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Number of Pages:170
Category:philosophy, theory, non-fiction, criticism
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Simulacra and Simulation, The Spirit of Terrorism and Other essays, Seduction, America, The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena, The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures, The System of Objects, Forget Foucault (Foreign Agents) (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents), The Ecstasy of Communication (Foreign Agents), The Conspiracy of Art: Manifestos, Interviews, Essays
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