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The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as Jacques Lacan's core ideas about enjoyment, which re-created our concept of psychoanalysis.
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Jonathan Widell
A terrific summary of Zizek's reading of Lacan. It could be more appropriately called "How to Read Zizek's Reading of Lacan" than simply "How to Read Lacan". An impressive number of his examples are familiar from his other works, especially The Parallax View. Having Zizek's Lacan illustrations published in one book makes it a lot easier to make sense of his reading of Lacan.

There is just this one "but". Zizek does not really read Lacan. Rather, he uses his reading of Lacan to read something els
Hamid Hasanzadeh
داستان کارگری را به خاطر بیاورید که مشکوک به دزدیش بوند : هر روز غروب، وقتی که کارخانه را ترک می کرد، گاری دستی اش را با نهایت دقت وارسی می کردند، اما نگهبان ها نمی توانستند چیزی پیدا کنند، و گاری همیشه خالی بود. عاقبت فهمیدند قضیه چیست : اموال مسروقه چیزی نبود مگر همین گاری ها. همین نوع چرخش خود بازتابنده را در امر ارتباط نیز می توان مشاهده کرد : نباید از خاطر برد که محتوای یک عمل ارتباطی شامل خود آن هم می شود، زیرا معنای هر عمل ارتباطی در عین حال، به شیوه ای بازتابنده اعلام می کند که یک عمل ار ...more
Tanuj Solanki
The book is divided in seven chapters each of which start with a text from Lacan and then dwell upon the concept it contains. We are given the notions (in no particular order here) of the big Other, the small Other, fantasy, perversity, the unconsciousness of God, intersubjectivity, the other as an unknown behind the wall of language, et cetera. Zizek's extrapolation of Lacan's view of psychoanalysis as a method of reading ends at finding a Lacanian method of reading everything. Zizek also menti ...more
I can't believe I've just read 144 pages about Jacques Lacan "the enigma" without once feeling confused, or bored, or tired. Zizek is a genius! He knows how to explain Lacan's most complicated psychoanalytic concepts to you like you're a two year old. He provides unbelievably interesting and sometimes uproariously funny examples from Politics, media, music, literature, cinema and just about everything so as to narrow down everything to a manageable size for slow brains!
If you've read Sean Homer'
Is there anyone smarmier and more annoying that Zizek?

Oh wait, possibly the professor for whom I have to read Zizek.
Mohammad Mahdi Fallah
کتاب با چیره دستی تمام، تفسیری انحصاری ژیژک از لکان را با ارجاعات مکرر به فیلم ها، رمان ها و نمایشنامه را نمایندگی می کنند. درون کتاب از عبارات های ثقیل خالی نیست ولی راحت فهمی نوشته های ژیژک در نهایت معنایی رو منتقل میکنه.
کتاب رو با دوستی خوندیم و برای همین قدری طول کشید ولی قطعا اونقدر جدی نیست. تلاش ژیژک برای پرده برداری از مفاهیم کلیدی اندیشه لکان قابل تقدیره؛ مفاهیمی مثل دیگری بزرگ و کوچک، امر واقعی و امر نمادین و ...
به هرحال گویا سری "چگونه ... را بخوانیم" اونقدرم دم دستی نیست و شدیدا مشتا
The Awdude
What's great about Zizek is also the answer to the question people always ask about critical theory ("that's interesting and all but what do I do with it?"). Zizek is the master of practical illustration and application of theory. He doesn't stop at showing you where the water is or what conditions of epistemic knowledge make it possible for said water to be constituted as such, or whatever; rather, he points to the water, leads you to the water, helps you understand the possible consequences of ...more

The great Slavoj Zizek, the sage of Lubjana, writing about something he knows inside and out. It's illuminating, engaging, vibrant and complex.

A lot of what's in here has really made sense of some of my own observations about life and human psychology come into clearer focus. I'm going to refer back to it again and again.

Part of what I really appreciate about Zizek's writing is that he is master of the accessible, anecdotal pop culture reference to illustrate what term or insight Lacan has to
لکان از آن متفکرانی است که احاطه بر آموزه هایش به راحتی ممکن نیست. ارجاعات مکرر وی به ریاضیات، فلسفه، منطق، زبان شناسی و ... و رفت و آمدهایش بین حوزه های گوناگون دانش از یک طرف و ابداعات غریبش در حوزه لغات و واژگان از سوی دیگر، سبب می شود ترجمه تحت اللفظی آثارش چندان مفید نباشد.
اسلاووی ژیژک نیز دست کمی از لکان ندارد! تصور کنید قرار است لکان را از خلال مقالات ژیژک بشناسید که خودش به پیچیده نویسی شهره است و به ارجاعات مکرر و غامض لکان، هالیوود و تلویزیون را هم اضافه می کند.
به نظرم مطالعه این کتاب
Georgia gray
a better intro to zizek i think
Tom Syverson
This is a pleasurable book to read about Lacan, but it does not even begin to give the reader what it purports to offer, namely instruction on how to read (or understand) Lacan. Like all of Zizek's writing on Lacan, it does not actually do a very good job communicating what Lacan is really all about. Rather, we're getting Zizek-on-Lacan with a pretty heavy emphasis on Zizek. For readers new to Lacan, the book as a whole should be taken with a grain of salt.

This can function as a great first boo
A useful but limited introduction to Lacan
Zizek is such a sui generis intellectual that it is inevitable that any “How to read” manual will be tainted by his worldview. In this book, he doesn’t even try to be objective, and uses most of his “library” of examples to illustrate Lacan. A lot of these illustrations are also found in his movie “The Pervert's Guide to Cinema”, for instance. At the same time, Zizek favorites strategies—dialectic reversals, paradoxes and outright provocation—are inconsp
Pieter-Jan Beyul
Quick overview of Lacan in a style every reader of Zizek will be familiar with by now, namely by referencing to popular culture, film and literature while dealing with the thinker himself.
Which is exactly what Lacan did too in order to get to a more Freudian model of psychoanalysis than Freud himself did. Thanks to this I got a better understanding of some of the counterintuitive theories he postulates, but it's still a long way to go.
So even though this small book gives you the jist of some of
The French philosopher of psychoanalysis Lacan is famously difficult and arguably bonkers. How to Read Lacan brims with personality. Our guide Zizek is peculiarly and exceptionally contrary and always wants to one-up your intuition; paired with Lacan, the result would be too combustible to print if it weren't for Zizek's very friendly habit of explaining himself with movies. This really works. Each chapter begins with roughly a paragraph of seemingly incoherent text followed by Zizek's trademark ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
How to read Lacan,2007, Slavoj Žižek
عنوان: چگونه لاکان بخوانیم؛ نویسنده: اسلاوی ژیژک؛ مترجم: علی بهروزی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، رخداد نو؛ 1392، در 157 ص، فروست: روانکاوی؛ شابک: 9786006457314؛
عنوان: لاکان به روایت ژیژک؛ نویسنده: اسلاوی ژیژک؛ مترجم: فتاح محمدی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، هزاره سوم؛ 1390، در 178 ص، فروست: روانکاوی؛ شابک: 9789649698526؛
Parts of this book are absolutely excellent. Despite this, I continually found examples taken from novels and films to be more contrived than actually demonstrating the underlying concepts.

It is definitely worth the read, and is easy to get into and to understand. I couldn't help feeling that the part about God being unconscious rather than dead purposefully brushed over Nietzsche's statement that although God is dead, "his shadow still looms."

I found myself oscillating between agreeing and disa
Great book! I would highly recommend it to those who like Zizek and want to read Lacan's main ideas in a concise and interesting way.
Jack Lindgren
As I'm sure others have mentioned, this book isn't exactly a Lacan primer, per se, but rather a collection of Žižekian explications of Lacanian concepts using examples from pop culture. Although I'm pretty sure that all of the material in this book can be found elsewhere (in Žižek's various other books that use pop culture to illustrate Lacan, in youtube lectures by Žižek, etc.), this volume was handy.
(aside: I have a theory that Žižek's incredibly large oeuvre can be condensed into maybe a doz
Who am I kidding? I can't really write a review about this book. It's still destroying my brain. I can't compete with Zizek, whose name I can't even write properly because I don't know where the symbols that should be above the "z"s are on my keyboard. It is a BRUTAL book about philosophy. It analyzes the ideas proposed by Lacan, who, as far as I understand was a psychologist. I will admit I had never heard of him before reading this book, and obviously I hadn't read anything written by him. I d ...more
To start, I'm am not in any way sufficiently familiar with Lacan's own work to offer any judgment on whether Zizek offers any sort of fair or accurate analysis. Those in the post-structuralist/post-modern/psychoanalytic know may or may not consider Zizek to be a rogue Lacanian, but beyond knowing that, I have little to offer.

Insofar as Zizek being Zizek, this book fits right in with the rest of his rapidly expanding corpus, with its strange kaleidoscope of revolutionary politics, cultural criti
This book is one in a series of, How to Read . . . “great thinkers and writers” produced by the New School of Social Research. The intention of the series is to bring the reader “face-to-face with the writing itself in the company of an expert guide.” While I don’t question the expertise of the author/guide, in this instance, I do believe the title, "How to Read Lacan" is misleading. In my opinion, a more appropriate title might be: "A Condensed Reading of Žižek: Lacan Unplugged."

Just as a come
This was my follow-up to reading those essays I read from _Ecrits_, and I thought it was pretty helpful.... Zizek's primary interest here seems to be in exploring what Lacan means by the symbolic. And I think Zizek does a really good job with that-- I certainly think I get it a lot more than I did before, and in lots of places, Zizek's examples are very clear and mostly current, so that's all good.

My quibble here, then, is one of focus. I might just be idiosyncratic in my interests or my reading
Anja Weber
Basically it is introduction in Lacan's philosophy and his thought about Psychiatry..On first sight it of great help for reading Lacan but however in second it is just inner personal view of Slavoj Zizek. But most of us who has been very distanced from Lacan's writings and teachings would be now interested to read his original thoughts. His own theory about psycho analysis and Lacan's very hard in some sense teachings..but absolutely good for the future of life..So this is real side ...more
Oliver Ho
The best introduction to Lacan I've read so far (meaning two books), and also a pretty good primer on Zizek. I can't say I get it (I think I get some of it, but I'm probably wrong), but I figure if I keep reading books about and/or by these folks, some of it might start to make sense.
Zabavni su primjeri, i razumljivi uglavnom... Vrijedi ih čitati ponovo i nasumice i pitati se opet i opet šta znače sva ta znanja za naš život... To svako mora da odgovori za sebe...
Very repetitive if you've read Zizek's other work, but he performs as well as always and I want to read Lacan now (so, success!)
Come tutti i libri di Zizek, "Leggere Lacan" e' piacevole, spesso divertente e pieno di guizzi geniali. Purtroppo, pero', l'inarrestabile tendenza a divagare dell'autore rende a volte difficile separare le sue personali elaborazioni dai caratteri autentici del pensiero di Lacan; inoltre, nell'insieme il libro ha un carattere frammentario (forse intenzionale) e trasmette un insieme di spunti piu' che un'idea complessiva.
Le 3 stelle non sono dunque un giudizio al valore del libro in quanto tale, m
Apart from the moments of blatant sexism, this was a really great read.
I really love Zizek's style, which is a sort of rambling journey through a set of pop culutre and historical examples of the concept he is trying to illustrate. As far as reading this as an intro to Lacan's thought, it is probably best to come at it with at least a little bit of prior knowledge about the major concepts, even if your understanding isn't clear. One of the drawbacks to Zizek's style is that on can sometimes get caught up in the examples and in how interesting his observations about ...more
Film theory is always laced with Lacan's language and usually I'm left thinking - what the fuck? To clear up the confusion,I turned to this book looking for a phrase book with some definitions and discovered it has more to offer than that. Lots of empirical examples supporting Lacan's four principles of psychoanalysis. I like the subtitle "how to read". Zizek posits the idea that Lacan's method is not just for clinical psychoanalytical studies, it is also a useful method for reading. - for going ...more
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“For Lacan, psychoanalysis at its most fundamental is not a theory and technique of treating psychic disturbances, but a theory and practice that confronts individuals with the most radical dimension of human existence. It does not show an individual the way to accommodate him- or herself to the demands of social reality; instead it explains how something like ‘reality’ constitutes itself in the first place. It does not merely enable a human being to accept the repressed truth about him- or herself; it explains how the dimension of truth emerges in human reality.” 0 likes
“For Lacan, language is a gift as dangerous to humanity as the horse was to the Trojans: it offers itself to our use free of charge, but once we accept it, it colonizes us.” 0 likes
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