MARC PERELMAN is an architect and Professor of Aesthetics atthe Universite Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defense. He is the author of numerous books, including L'Ere des stades: Genese et structure d'un espace historique, Urbs ex machina, Le Corbusier and (with Jean-Marie Brohm) Le Football, une peste emotionnelle.
"Marc Perelman has written a magnificent manifesto for all of us dedicated anti-Olympiads, revealing in compelling detail how sport, which has long been the opium of the people, is now the political and financial dirty business of the rulers as well." - Terry Eagleton "This is the work of stirring polemic that all of us who were picked last for teams at school have been waiting for." Nick Lezard, Guardian "Bracingly bilious counterblast against the new 'planetary religion'." - Independent "Excited about the Olympics? If not, this bolus of weaponised French spleen will be the perfect literary antidote." - Steven Poole, Guardian