Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974 transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions.
Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master? If so you are not alone - and what's more you are in exalted company.
60 years after Roland Barthes explored the mythological underpinnings of 1950s consumerism in his seminal book Mythologies our greatest cultural critic Peter Conrad takes up the challenge and examines the enduring place of myth in the 21st century.
Philosophers certainly like to make life sound awfully complicated whether they're wondering if a falling tree still makes a sound if there's nobody around to hear it (Berkeley) or declaring that everything in the universe is in a state of flux (Heraclitus).
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