By John Gray
Gray, an atheist, attacks secular humanism, liberalism and Marxism, all of which he sees as Christian heresies. He argues that the Western tradition, including Platonism, Christianity and secular schools of thought take for granted that humans are radically different from other species. He paints a pessimistic picture of humanity when what he sees as illusions have been abandoned.
"There is unlikely to be a more provocative or more compelling book published this year than Straw Dogs . . . Gray is one of the most consistently interesting and unpredictable thinkers in Britain."
- Jason Cowley, The Observer (London)
"At once daunting and enthralling, Gray's remarkable new book shows us what it would be like to live without the distraction of consolations."
- Adam Phillips