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Chris Campbell and Michael Niblett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382950

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382950.001.0001

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Prologue: The Brutalization of Truth

Prologue: The Brutalization of Truth

(p.17) Prologue: The Brutalization of Truth
The Caribbean

Wilson Harris

Liverpool University Press

This prologue derives from a lecture by the Guyanese novelist and thinker Wilson Harris, first delivered in 2003 in the wake of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. The essay meditates on capitalism’s ‘cannibal appetite’ and its destructive thirst for ever more resources, not least oil. It captures Harris’s longstanding investment in a post-Cartesian vision of the world – one in which the creative imagination has a central role to play in disrupting the received contours of social reality and revealing the mutual constitution of human and extra-human natures.

Keywords:   nature, novel form, cross-culturality, quantum physics, psyche

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