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Opera's Second Death

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Opera's Second Death is a passionate exploration of opera - the genre, its masterpieces, and the nature of death. Using a dazzling array of tools, Slavoj Zizek and coauthor Mladen Dolar explore the strange compulsions that overpower characters in Mozart and Wagner, as well as our own desires to die and to go to the opera.
Paperback, 235 pages
Published November 16th 2001 by Routledge (first published October 1st 2001)
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Karl Steel
Sep 27, 2010 Karl Steel rated it really liked it
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My only serious complaint is that the book doesn't treat Massenet's Thaïs. Imagine what Žižek and Dolar could have done with this?! My only other complaint: in the chapter "Run, Isolde, Run!," there's a consideration of other possible ending to Tristan and Isolde, which betrays no awareness of the varient endings already available in the medieval tradition. There's an Italian ballad, I believe, where Mark shows up and Tristan kills him. For example.

Essentially a long commentary on the Wagner's T
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Una relectura de Tristán e Isolda de Wagner.

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Feb 14, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it
My lack of opera acumen is what prevents me from giving it 5 stars; it might be a 5 star book.
Otto Lehto
Jan 19, 2011 Otto Lehto rated it really liked it
A funny, insightful, half-political and half-psychoanalytical dissection of the history of opera through the classics (mostly Mozart and Wagner). I would say it deserves to be read by any serious scholar of Enlightenment politics and arts. Though I'm a fan of Zizek, and I read this book because of his name attached to the title, I actually thought that Dolar's parts were better. But there's plenty of good stuff throughout the book. Recommended.
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nduwe ebook-nya. masiyo ra diwoco.
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Jan 23, 2013 Noah Lethbridge rated it it was ok
Zizek-good, Dolar-bad.
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic.

He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia). He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques-Alain Miller and François Regnault. In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for P
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