Slavoj Žižek is a cultural critic, dialectical-materialist philosopher and psychoanalyst. He is co-director of the International Centre for Humanities at Birkbeck and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.
His books include Living in the End Times; First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; In Defense of Lost Causes; four volumes of Essential Žižek, and many more. His latest books are Less Than Nothing, a study of Hegel; Welcome to the Desert of the Real, a book of essays on the events and repercussions of September 11th; and The Year of Dreaming Dangerously, a study of the worldwide protest movement. His work is shortly to be set to music: in 2013, the British Royal Opera House announced that four new operas inspired by Žižek's writings have been commissioned.