True first printing of Baudrillard's philosophical exploration of reality, simulation, and shared experience – a key influence on THE MATRIX films.
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"Welcome to the desert of the real." – Morpheus
Jean Baudrillard's increasingly relevant SIMULACRES ET SIMULATION explores concepts of hyperreality, the difference between true meaning and symbols, and the roles that the media and culture play in shaping our perception of reality. It is a startlingly prescient interrogation, written more than a decade before most people began spending more and more of their lives online.
Today however, Baudrillard's philosophical work is best know as a foundational influence on the Wachowski sisters and their iconic 1999 film, THE MATRIX. In early drafts of the screenplay, this association was made explicit; in scripts from 1996 and 1997, for example, Morpheus begins his expository speech with "As in Baudrillard's vision..." (Merrin, 4). And in the final film, a copy of the English translation, SIMULACRA AND SIMULATION, makes a cameo in an establishing scene, ironically used as a hollowed-out disguise for contraband software. Simulacra, indeed.
Read more: William Merrin, "'Did You Ever Eat Tasy Wheat?': Baudrillard and The Matrix," University of Wales.
Paris: Éditions Galilée, (1981). English title: Simulacra and Simulation. 8.5'' x 5''. Original printed wrappers. 242 pages including index. Small price sticker to rear wrapper. Binding with a hint of edgewear, a touch of rubbing; spine lightly sunned, with shallow crease. Clean and bright.
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