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"As a teenager, Pierre Guyotat became a soldier in the Algerian colonial war, and was arrested for inciting his fellow soldiers to desert and kept imprisoned for three months in a hole in the ground. His first celebrated book, Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers, is a hallucinatory account of the terror and ecstasy provoked by that war, the memory of which was long suppressed in France. Eden, Eden, Eden was written in an intense six month period in a concrete highrise in the desolate suburbs of southern Paris." --Stephen Barber

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Stephen Barber is a Professor at Kingston University and a writer on urban culture, experiment in film and Japanese culture. Barber has been a Professor at Kingston University since 2002, and is currently a Research Professor in the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. He has previously worked at such institutions as the California Institute of the Arts, University of Tokyo, Berlin University of the Arts, and Sussex University. He has a PhD from the University of London, and has lived in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, Vienna and London. He has also collaborated with prominent digital artists, photographers and poets, such as Xavier Ribas and Jeremy Reed.

Barber has been writing since 1990 and has published twenty books (sixteen non-fiction books and four novels), many of them translated into other languages. He has published a number of books with Creation Books. He is also a frequent contributor to journals, especially 3:AM Magazine, Vertigo and Mute. He has received many awards and prizes for his books, from bodies such as the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio Program), Ford Foundation, DAAD, Japan Foundation and Henkel Foundation, He is currently engaged in a research project on the scrapbooks of the moving-image pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, funded by a Leverhulme Trust fellowship.


  • Antonin Artaud: Blows and Bombs (1993)
  • Fragments of the European City (1995)
  • Weapons of Liberation (1996)
  • Extreme Europe (2001)
  • Tokyo Vertigo (2001), with Romain Slocombe, Nobuyoshi Araki and Eikoh Hosoe
  • Projected Cities (2002)
  • Straight to Hell: 20th Century Suicides (2003)
  • Genet: Pages Torn from the Book of Jean Genet (2004)
  • The Art of Destruction: the Films of the Vienna Action Group (2004)
  • The Vanishing Map (2006)
  • Sadomania : Sinema de Sade (2006), with Jack Hunter
  • Hijikata: Revolt of the Body (2006)
  • The Tokyo Trilogy (2008)
  • Artaud: Terminal Curses: The Notebooks (2008)
  • Cities of Oblivion (2009)
  • Abandoned Images: Film and Film's End (2010).

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