The Children of the Void. Breaking away from the Impasse of Individualism
Original title: Les enfants du vide. Sortons de l’impasse de l’individualisme
In a lively style, based around a secure political culture, Raphaël Glucksmann critiques contemporary selfish withdrawal and outlines a new social contract. — Libération
A book that ends with the dumbest left in the world and addresses the fact that it is time to rebuild. — L’Obs
A scathing observation of ‘the society of solitude’. Fascinating. — Le Monde
“We are free, but is it making us happy? The underlying anxiety we all feel stems from the lack of a collective outlook, from the breakdown of the narratives and structures that only yesterday still ascribed the individual a place within the group. Our parents deconstructed these narratives, these ‘alienating myths’, and they were right to do so. But we cannot be content with the vacuum that has taken their place.
If our elders were born into a society that was saturated with meaning, we were born into the void. Their mission was to break the chains. Our own will be to reforge the connections. Democracy is based on the rights of the individual, but not exclusively. Our generation has the task of dealing with the rest, too long neglected: the rights of the group. Because if we do not, the most authoritarian forces will do it for us.” — Raphaël Glucksmann
In line with Generation Hangover, Raphaël Glucksmann questions the lack of a collective outlook in the generations that have grown up in individualistic societies.
- Winner of the Prix Paris-Liège 2019
- Over 100,000 copies sold