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The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch


Lasch offers a prophetic critique of American society, diagnosing the insidious spread of narcissism as a pervasive social epidemic and warning of its corrosive impact on individual and collective well-being.

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In “The Culture of Narcissism,” Christopher Lasch embarks on a prophetic exploration of American society, unearthing the roots of a burgeoning epidemic that extends far beyond the individual psyche. When the book first graced the literary landscape in 1979, Lasch’s piercing analysis was hailed as a revelation—a stark warning of the corrosive effects of narcissism on the fabric of American culture.

Lasch’s insights transcend mere diagnosis, serving as a clarion call to confront the insidious forces of self-absorption and entitlement that threaten to engulf society at large. His prescient observations illuminate the limitless expansion of the narcissistic self, infiltrating every corner of American life with its insatiable demands and hollow promises of fulfillment.

As the pages unfold, readers are drawn into a world where the pursuit of self-gratification reigns supreme, overshadowing notions of community, solidarity, and genuine human connection. Lasch’s searing critique exposes the underbelly of a culture fixated on image and appearance, where authenticity becomes a casualty of the relentless pursuit of status and success.

Yet, amidst the bleak landscape of narcissistic excess, Lasch offers a glimmer of hope—a call to reclaim the virtues of humility, empathy, and collective responsibility. His words serve as a rallying cry for a society on the brink, urging individuals to resist the siren song of narcissism and forge a path towards genuine human flourishing.

As the echoes of Lasch’s prophetic voice reverberate through the corridors of time, “The Culture of Narcissism” remains a timeless testament to the enduring relevance of his insights, inspiring readers to confront the demons of narcissism and chart a course towards a more compassionate and interconnected future.

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Weight0.35 kg

The Culture of Narcissism : American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations


WW Norton & Co


Christopher Lasch

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Release date

23 Oct 2018



ISBN/EAN        9780393356175