What will become of us in these trying times? How will we pass the time that we have on earth? In gorgeously rendered graphic form, Light in Dark Times invites readers to consider these questions by exploring the political catastrophes and moral disasters of the past and present, revealing issues that beg to be studied, understood, confronted, and resisted.
A profound work of anthropology and art, this book is for anyone yearning to understand the darkness and hoping to hold onto the light. It is a powerful story of encounters with writers, philosophers, activists, and anthropologists whose words are as meaningful today as they were during the times in which they were written. This book is at once a lament over the darkness of our times, an affirmation of the value of knowledge and introspection, and a consideration of truth, lies, and the dangers of the trivial. In a time when many of us struggle with the feeling that we cannot do enough to change the course of the future, this book is a call to action, asking us to envision and create an alternative world from the one in which we now live.
Light in Dark Times is beautiful to look at and to hold - an exquisite work of art that is lively, informative, enlightening, deeply moving, and inspiring.
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Light in Dark Times contributes to our understanding of why the US is facing similar strategies of 'conflating opinion with truth' and the rise of 'alternative facts' that were used in Germany during the rise of the Nazi party. It also offers a number of important remedies to counter them: be introspective, avoid the trivial, participate in envisioning an alternative world, and engage in activities without exaggerated self-importance." -- Rachel Breunlin, University of New Orleans * Anthropology and Humanism *
"Light in Dark Times is one of the few books, anthropological or otherwise, I would call transcendent. Rarely has a volume been timelier, more engaging, or more accessible." -- Robert Myers, Alfred University * General Anthropology *