French cultural theorist and urbanist Paul Virilio is best kwn for his writings on media, techlogy, and architecture. Gathered here in A Winter's Journey are four remarkable conversations in which Virilio and architectural writer Marianne Brausch look at a twentieth century characterized by ermous techlogical acceleration and by techcultural accidents of barbarism and horror. The dialogues in A Winter's Journey - structured loosely around the dates 1940, 1950, 1960, and 1980 - chart Virilio's intimate intellectual biography, from his childhood lived against the unstable backdrop of a heavily bombed, wartime Nantes to maturity in a crisis space that is neither entirely militarized r yet fully civilian, but somewhere between the two. In the course of these conversations, Virilio and Brausch ultimately find hope that in understanding the events of the last century and the cultural responses spawned by them, we can create a more humane era that is more adept at handling the transformations of its techlogy and culture. A Winter's Journey is a revealing and engaging look into the intellectual life and ideas of one of the most influential theorists of contemporary civilization.
Paul Virilio is the author of many books, including The Original Accident, A Landscape of Events, The Vision Machine, and Bunker Archaeology. Marianne Brausch trained as an architect at the Institut superieur d'architecture in Saint-Luc, Brussels. She currently works as a journalist and translator. Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England.