By Alain Badiou
All over the place, the 20th century has been judged and condemned: the century of totalitarian terror, of utopian and felony ideologies, of empty illusions, of genocides, of fake avant-gardes, of democratic realism all over the place changed by way of abstraction.
It isn't really Badiou's desire to plead for an accused that's completely able to protecting itself with out the authors reduction. Nor does he search to proclaim, like Frantz, the hero of Sartre's Prisoners of Altona, 'I have taken the century on my shoulders and i've stated: i'll solution for it!' The Century easily goals to envision what this accursed century, from inside its personal unfolding, acknowledged that it used to be. Badiou's inspiration is to reopen the file at the century - no longer from the perspective of these clever and sated judges we too frequently declare to be, yet from the perspective of the century itself.