The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins


Matsutake is the main helpful mushroom within the world--and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests around the northern hemisphere. via its skill to nurture timber, matsutake is helping forests to develop in daunting locations. it's also an fit for human consumption delicacy in Japan, the place it occasionally instructions astronomical costs. In all its contradictions, matsutake bargains insights into components a long way past simply mushrooms and addresses an important query: what manages to reside within the ruins we have now made?

A story of range inside our broken landscapes, The Mushroom on the finish of the World follows one of many strangest commodity chains of our instances to discover the unforeseen corners of capitalism. right here, we witness the numerous and bizarre worlds of matsutake trade: the worlds of jap gourmets, capitalist investors, Hmong jungle combatants, commercial forests, Yi chinese language goat herders, Finnish nature publications, and extra. those partners additionally lead us into fungal ecologies and wooded area histories to raised comprehend the promise of cohabitation in a time of huge human destruction.

By investigating one of many world's so much sought-after fungi, The Mushroom on the finish of the World provides an unique exam into the relation among capitalist destruction and collaborative survival inside multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for carrying on with lifestyles on earth.

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