A Format paperback 178mm x 11mm with flaps
22 April 2022
Cover design © Luke Bird
Cover photo: detail from Ice cave, Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica, December 7, 1975 by Eliot Porter
Cover photo © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra / Bridgeman Images
From Richard Seymour, one of the UK’s leading public intellectuals, comes a characteristic blend of forensic insight and analysis, personal journey, and a vivid respect for the natural world.
A planetary fever-dream. An environmental awakening that is also a sleep-walking, unsteadily weaving between history, earth science, psychoanalysis, evolution, biology, art and politics. A search for transcendence, beyond the illusory eternal present.
These essays chronicle the kindling of ecological consciousness in a confessed ignoramus. They track the first enchantment of the author, his striving to comprehend the coming catastrophe, and his attempt to formulate a new global sensibility in which we value anew what unconditionally matters.
Richard’s book The Twittering Machine was a Bookseller Book of the Week, and received rave reviews in the Guardian, Observer, FT, Spectator and Tatler.
Richard’s previous book, Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics, sold over 9,000 copies (978-1784785314 & 978-1786632999) and was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Times Higher Education.
‘What thinker would you bring to an earth on fire? You would not want to leave Richard Seymour at home: he is essential company for an age of compound catastrophes. In these essays, he brings his trademark mix of psychoanalysis and Marxism, erudition and curiosity, pessimism and wonder, intimacy and sublimity to bear on the ecological crisis. They will keep you focused as the flames rise higher.’
Andreas Malm, author of How to Blow Up a Pipeline and White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism
‘Richard Seymour’s latest book, which consists of urgent, eloquent bulletins from the catastrophic future into which we are currently being blown back at such a rapidly accelerating rate, is a characteristically cool-headed critique of capitalism, but also a passionate, often profoundly affecting threnody to that which it so cruelly destroys. The Disenchanted Earth combines Marxism’s cold and warm streams to brilliant effect, finding beauty and hope in the ugly, hopeless situation to which we appear to have condemned ourselves as a species. Seymour’s attitude of militant melancholia is exactly what is needed in these times.‘
Matthew Beaumont, author of The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City
‘This book made me anxious, gave me nightmares, and threw me into a terrible rage. It’s excellent — I’ve been recommending it to everyone.’
Anouchka Grose, psychoanalyst and author of A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: How to Protect the Planet and Your Mental Health
‘A haunting set of meditations on the almost unthinkable ecological crises that now engulf us, and their relentless political and economic causes. This is a book for anyone who refuses to turn away from truths that are as important as they are discomforting.’
William Davies, author of Unprecedented?: How Covid-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy
‘One of the most consistently brilliant and lyrical thinkers writing today turns his attention to the climate catastrophe – and the results are minatory and indispensable.’
China Miéville, author of October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
Praise for The Twittering Machine
‘Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading.’
Gary Younge, Editor-at-Large, Guardian
‘If you really want to set yourself free you should read a book – preferably this one.’
Observer, Book of the Week
‘A thrilling demonstration of what [resistance] can look like … everyone should read it.’
‘Clever, and alarming … a first tentative vision of what a neo-luddite response to our predicament might look like.’
‘Seymour’s compulsively argued book may just be the intervention we all need.’