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Titel: Memories of our future : selected essays ...
Einband: Soft cover
Introduction by Juan Goytisolo. San Francisco : City Lights Books, c1999. Paperback. xxvi, 292,  p. ; 23 cm. Condition : very good. ISBN 9780872863606[KEYWORDS: *. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 145205
Voted one of the Top 25 Books of 1999 by the Village Voice.
"An outstanding anthology of essays surveying the complexities of Mediterranean cultures; the diverse, changing space of the Balkans, Middle East, and North Africa?areas of diasporas, dislocations, and genocidal exterminations provoked by nationalism and religious fanaticism. Of special interest are his observations and analysis of the Israeli/Palestinian confrontation, Arab/Jewish poetics, and Jewish identity in America."?Midwest Book Review
Table of Contents
Local Politics: The Background as Foreword Ammiel Alcalay
Five Hundred Years After: What Was Left Unsaid about Sepharad
PRELUDES: AN OPENING
weighing the losses, like stones in your hand'
OF BOOKS AND CITIES/ THE JOURNEY
The Quill's Embroidery: Untangling a Tradition
The Quill's Embroidery: Poetry, Tradition, and the Postmodern'
Paris / New York / Jerusalem: The Unscheduled Flight of Edmond Jabes and Jacques Derrida
Desert Solitaire: On Edmond Jabes
For Edouard Roditi
Behind the Scenes: Before After Jews and Arabs
FORBIDDEN TERRITORIES, PROMISED LANDS
After the Last Sky
Who's Afraid of Mahmoud Darwish?
Israel and the Levant: Wounded Kinship's Last Resort'
Forbidden Territory, Promised Lands
In True Colors
Culture without a Country
Too Much Past
The State of the Gulf: Abdelrahman Munif and Hanan al-Shaykh
Our Memory Has No Future: On Etel Adnan
The war was ending, the diasporas beginning'
A Stitch in Time
Court Report: Prolonging a Farce
The Trial: A Real Farce
Ay, de mi aljama': Palestinians and Israelis Meet, in Spain!
Israel / Palestine 101: A Letter to Robert Creeley
Ushering in the New Order: Repercussions from the Gulf War Reflections at the End of 1992
THE RETURN: VARIATIONS ON A THEME
Exploding Identities: Notes on Ethnicity and Literary History
Speaking with Forked Tongues, or Parables of Eq
Vom Verlag: Memories of Our Future is a collection of essays that surveys the complexities of Mediterranean cultures; the diverse, changing space of the Balkans, the Middle East, and North Africa, an area of diasporas, dislocations, and exterminations both past and present—provoked by nationalism and religious fanaticism.
Alcalay’s intention is to confront the deep resistance to change of any kind in this region, and the narrative of the book describes a personal intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and political endeavor to help break down barriers between peoples, nations, and languages. The author’s observations on this troubled region, which includes his critical analyses on the Israeli/Palestinian question, Arab/Jewish poetics, Jewish identity in the U.S. and Israel and much more, result, in part, from a close reading of writers who have been excluded or those whose identity has been denied: including Edmond Jabès, Jacques Derrida, Edward Said, Mahmoud
In the United States, and particularly in New York, it is almost impossible to begin any kind of discussion about Bosnia without encountering the work of Ammiel Alcalay. Much of the literature from Bosnian writers we find in the U.S. is due to Alcalay’s efforts to translate their stories, poetry, and political commentaries and then find outlets in American newspapers, literary journals and reviews. Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic’s Sarajevo Blues, which Alcalay translated and which was published by City Lights this past year, received widespread praise — from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle , from Paul Auster to Tomaz Salamun, and was named a Village Voice Literary Supplement Editor’s Choice.
In Memories of Our Future the unique intellectual and political path forged by Alcalay over the past fifteen years is now collected in one volume. In a mix of personal narrative, political commentary, and literary criticism, Alcalay surveys diverse subjects, among them Mediterranean culture, Arabic literature, the destruction of Carthage, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the war in Bosnia.
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