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Paperback | $23.95 Trade | £17.95 | ISBN: 9780262740258 | 196 pp. | 5.375 x 8 in | August 2003

The Puppet and the Dwarf

The Perverse Core of Christianity

About the Author

Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture, The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity, The Parallax View, and (with John Milbank) The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialect, these four published by the MIT Press.


“A witty, informative trip...both erudite and accessible...”—Rick Mitchell, Leonardo Reviews
“His writing is bold, confident and contentious.”—Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Magazine
The Puppet and the Dwarf is Žižek's most compelling and passionate writing on Christianity to date.”—Erik Davis, Bookforum
“Quite possibly the most entertaining philosopher working today. Žižek knows how to think the unthinkable.”—Jori Finkel, Village Voice
“Slavoj Žižek may have the strongest 'brand identity'...of any cultural theorist now in the marketplace of ideas.”—Scott McLemee, The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Žižek is the first Marxist to write theology in a post-marxist, post-secular age.”—Eugene McCarraher, In These Times
“...Žižek mixes Pauline speculations with analyses of everything from G. K. Chesterton to chocolate eggs.”—Terry Eagleton, TLS
“Žižek rarely fails to entertain...”—Library Journal


“With this book Žižek consolidates his reputation as the foremost intellectual gadfly of the postmodern cosmopolis. For anyone interested in the contemporary vogue of the 'theological turn' or theories of 'religion without God,' The Puppet and the Dwarf is indispensable reading...If Socrates underwent a ten-year analysis with Jacques Lacan, the result would be Slavoj Žižek.”
Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature, the Graduate Center, City University of New York