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Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk

Both a psychological thriller and an essential critique of contemporary capitalist society on consumerism, perfection, masculinity and rebellion. Fight Club’s narrator lives a regular life, working for an insurance company and collecting Ikea furniture in his free time. Suffering from insomnia, he visits support groups at night so he can experience other people’s suffering. When one day his apartment mysteriously blows up, he moves in with a man named Tyler Durden, a charismatic stranger he just recently met. Together they begin to entertain the idea of an underground bare-knuckle fighting club which quickly develops into an anti-capitalist terrorist organisation that attacks the global financial system.

As the novel (and the film by the same name) touch upon ethical and political topics an interdisciplinary teaching project with Ethics, Politics and Social Science is possible.

· · 1996

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Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club. Vintage, 1997. 224 pp., ISBN 9780099765219

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