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Mauricio Wiesenthal

The Right to Dissent

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September 2021

400 pages

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Original Title: El derecho a disentir

This book brings together essays in which Mauricio Wiesenthal tries to “settle accounts” with his times because, as he puts it, “being free consists in knowing how to escape from the prison of our circumstances so that we can organise our lives and ideas from a more distant perspective”. Written in a thousand places around the world, these pages are a celebration—a true feast—of the gift of “intemperately” contemplating and assessing, in a way that is both critical and unaccommodating (rebelling against circumstances), the times in which it is our lot to live, “For history—if you rewind it or watch it in slow motion—is like football matches when you examine the moves that are most applauded by the fans of each team, those details which, not infrequently, are the worst and the most shameful of each game”. With its many flashes of brilliance and crystal clear, expressive prose, this book will fascinate (besides encouraging and comforting) the reader as it reveals treasures from the museum of time and shows the way to wide-open horizons.

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“A man of extraordinary erudition and infinite culture such as hardly anyone has today: a lively, critical, penetrating culture that, as it interprets the past, turns it into a reflection on the present.”
Toni Montesinos, La Razón

“A cosmopolitan, bohemian sage, Mauricio Wiesenthal has written a series of dazzling, nourishing essays in which he observes with a critical, defiant gaze many of the realities of today’s world while pondering another way of inhabiting our present.”
Andrés Seoane, El Cultural

“In the antimodern tradition, from Chateaubriand and the “untimely considerations” of Nietzsche to Fumaroli and Compagnon, Wiesenthal composes a politically incorrect autobiography.”
Sergi Doria, ABC

“A collection of forty-four essays, ranging from a poetic tone and autobiographical detail to unmasking Pharisees and refuting the politically correct, El derecho a disentir (The Right to Dissent) is a crusade against rationalism, an anti-revolutionary disquisition, and a defence of humanism and classical culture.”
Alfredo Valenzuela, El Diario

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