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This arresting poetic essay explores how capitalism subverts society and our individual and collective welfare. Gustaaf Peek has crafted a moving and passionate call to arms, rich in topical and unexpected metaphors, to inspire a new generation to reconnect with the founding principles of a political philosophy concerned with collective good as opposed to individual greed; of the needs of the many, instead of just the few. Freshly relevant in light of recent global upheavals, and keenly aware of a sense of fresh possibility in the air, there is plenty of food for thought here for the reader concerned or wanting to be inspired towards how we might begin to take our first reforming steps.
GUSTAAF PEEK is the author of four novels, including Ik was Amerika (2010) which won the BNG New Literature Prize and F. Bordewijk Prize. Peek is also a scriptwriter and essayist, with his work winning several awards including Best Screenplay at the Brussels Film Festival. His chapbook for the Verzet series argues for a fairer redistribution of knowledge, power and income in an era of non-sustainable capitalism.
BRENDAN MONAGHAN grew up in Botswana and read political science in the Netherlands before becoming a translator. Most of his translation work is non-fiction, particularly history, politics and philosophy. He is currently working on a book about nineteenth-century parliamentary oratory.
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