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By Peter Szendy,Roland Végső

the area of overseas politics has lately been rocked by way of a probably never-ending sequence of scandals regarding auditory surveillance: the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping is in basic terms the main sensational instance of what seems to be a common perform this present day. what's the resource of this generalized precept of eavesdropping?

All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage strains the lengthy historical past of moles from the Bible, via Jeremy Bentham’s “panacoustic” venture, the entire method to the intelligence-gathering community known as “Echelon.” including this archeology of auditory surveillance, Szendy bargains an attractive account of spycraft’s representations in literature (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Joyce, Kafka, Borges), opera (Monteverdi, Mozart, Berg), and movie (Lang, Hitchcock, Coppola, De Palma).

Following within the footsteps of Orpheus, the ebook proposes a brand new notion of “overhearing” that connects the act of spying to an over the top intensification of listening. on the center of listening Szendy locates the ear of the opposite that manifests itself because the originary department of a “split-hearing” that turns the force for mastery and surveillance into the loss of life drive.

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