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Publisher Comments:

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

Acknowledgments

Five Hundred Years After: What Was Left Unsaid about Sepharad

Juan Goytisolo

PRELUDES: AN OPENING

weighing the losses, like stones in your hand'

Atonement

OF BOOKS AND CITIES/ THE JOURNEY

My Mediterranean

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

Perplexity Index

Desert Solitaire: On Edmond Jabes

For Edouard Roditi

Behind the Scenes: Before After Jews and Arabs

FORBIDDEN TERRITORIES, PROMISED LANDS

On Arabesques

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'

DISPATCHES

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

Quality Control

Ushering in the New Order: Repercussions from the Gulf War Reflections at the End of 1992

Why Israel?

THE RETURN: VARIATIONS ON A THEME

Understanding Revolution

Exploding Identities: Notes on Ethnicity and Literary History

Speaking with Forked Tongues, or Parables of Eq

Book News Annotation:

A collection of essays by a poet, translator, critic, and scholar who mixes personal narrative, political commentary, and literary criticism to survey the diverse, changing space of the Balkans, the Middle East, and North Africa, an area of diasporas, dislocations, and exterminations both past and present. He confronts the deep resistance to change of any kind in this region, drawing on personal experience and close readings of writers who have been excluded or whose identities have been denied. The volume lacks a subject index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Cultural Writing. As a poet, translator, critic and scholar, Ammiel Alcalay has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and literary journals. In MEMORIES OF OUR FUTURE, the unique intellectual and political path forged by Alcalay over the past fifteen years has now been collected in one volume. Alcalay surveys diverse subjects, among them Mediterranean culture, Arabic literature, the destruction of Carthage, the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, and the war in Bosnia. Few contemporary intellectuals can boast of as diverse a range of skills and talents as Ammiel Alcalay. His work is cosmopolitan in the best sense: in an epoch of superficial globalism his approach to the cultures he deals with is always rigorous, always meticulously respectful of particularities and differences . . . he is also profoundly alive to the social and political realities that shape cultural production — Amitav Ghosh.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-[304]).

About the Author

Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, critic, and scholar who teaches at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is the Deputy Chair of the PhD Program in English. His latest work is Scrapmetal (Factory School, 2006). He is also editor and translator of Keys to the Garden, and Semezdin Mehmedinovic's Sarajevo Blues, both published by City Lights. Born in Barcelona in 1931, Juan Goytisolo is Spain's greatest living writer. His books include: Mask of Idenity, The Marx Family Saga, and, State of Siege. He lives in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872863606
Introduction:
Goytisolo, Juan
Author:
Goytisolo, Juan
Author:
Alcalay, Ammiel
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Palestinian arabs
Subject:
Sephardim
Subject:
Arab-Israeli conflict
Subject:
Sarajevo
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) History.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
105-170
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. As a poet, translator, critic and scholar, Ammiel Alcalay has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and literary journals. In MEMORIES OF OUR FUTURE, the unique intellectual and political path forged by Alcalay over the past fifteen years has now been collected in one volume. Alcalay surveys diverse subjects, among them Mediterranean culture, Arabic literature, the destruction of Carthage, the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, and the war in Bosnia. Few contemporary intellectuals can boast of as diverse a range of skills and talents as Ammiel Alcalay. His work is cosmopolitan in the best sense: in an epoch of superficial globalism his approach to the cultures he deals with is always rigorous, always meticulously respectful of particularities and differences . . . he is also profoundly alive to the social and political realities that shape cultural production — Amitav Ghosh.
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