“The complexities. . . are pasted together. . . into a narrative, but one that trips and jumps, fixating on the abject elements in both life and fiction: the uncertainty between bios and graphia” (13). What Kiff Bamford writes here, of Jean-François Lyotard contemplating the life and work of André Malraux, could be just as easily said of Bamford himself as he masterfully renders the sometimes baffling but ultimately rewarding complexities of Lyotard’s passage among us. Bamford is an artist and senior lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at Leeds Beckett University. He is the author of Lyotard and the “Figural” in Performance, Art, and Writing (2012).1

The concise, illustrated titles in this well-curated series “present the work of leading cultural figures of the modern period.” Far less the “postmodernist” that with maddening persistence he is packaged as, Lyotard...

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