Guy Debord: Society of the Spectacle (1967–) [FR, EN, DE, IT, TR, PT, ES, SR, NL, HU, PL, CZ, RO, GR]

23 June 2009, dusan

“The Das Kapital of the 20th century. An essential text, and the main theoretical work of the situationists. Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960’s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism, and everyday life in the late 20th century.

Self-proclaimed leader of the Situationist International, Guy Debord was certainly responsible for the longevity and high profile of Situationist ideas, although the equation of the SI with Guy Debord would be misleading. Brilliant but autocratic, Debord helped both unify situationist praxis and destroy its expansion into areas not explicitly in line with his own ideas. His text The Society of the Spectacle remains today one of the great theoretical works on modern-day capital, cultural imperialism, and the role of mediation in social relationships.”

Publisher Buchet-Chastel, Paris, 1967

Wikipedia (EN)

La Société du Spectacle (French, 1967, HTML; 2010, PDF)
Society of the Spectacle (English, trans. Fredy Perlman and Jon Supak, 1970; HTML, not OCR’d PDF)
Society of the Spectacle (English, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith, 1995; HTML)
Society of the Spectacle (English, trans. Ken Knabb, 2005; HTML, 2002)
Die Gesellschaft des Spektakels (German, 1978; 1996)
La societa dello spettacolo (Italian, 1979)
Gösteri Toplumu. ve Yorumlar (Turkish, trans. Ayşen Ekmekçi and Okşan Taşkent, 1996, added on 2012-12-27)
A sociedade do espetaculo (Portuguese, 1997)
La sociedad del espectacul (Spanish, 2002)
Društvo spektakla (Serbian, trans. Aleksa Golijanin, 2003/2012, HTML, added on 2017-7-27)
De spektakelmaatschappij (Dutch, 2005)
Spektákulum társadalma (Hungarian, 2006)
Społeczeństwo spektaklu oraz Rozważania o społeczeństwie spektaklu (Polish, 2006)
Společnost spektáklu (Czech, 2007)
Societatea spectacolului (Romanian, 2011, added on 2015-11-29)
Η Κοινωνία του Θεάματος (Greek)

One Response to “Guy Debord: Society of the Spectacle (1967–) [FR, EN, DE, IT, TR, PT, ES, SR, NL, HU, PL, CZ, RO, GR]”

  1. aleksa on February 25, 2018 1:31 pm

    Hello Monoskop,

    re: Društvo spektakla, Serbian ed.

    On the main SI page it’s still in “Portugese” (no big deal, here it’s fine), but you may insert the link for the latest and slightly expanded, corrected, etc., edition, if you like:


    Also, a lot of new DADA, SI and other stuff on our web page.

    Thanks & best regards,


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