Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

July 8, 2017 I HAVE a unique confession to make: I like Gaza. Yes, I like this far-away corner of Palestine, the narrow strip on the way to Egypt, in which two million human beings are crowded, and which is closer to hell than to heaven. My heart goes out to them. I HAVE spent quite a lot of time in the Strip. Once or twice I stayed there … Read more   Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

Adonis in Osnabruck

Last September I wrote a blog entry about the Syrian poet Adonis receiving the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize of the city of Osnabrück & the resistance from a range of quarters to this award. You can read my original post here. Since then a fair amount of pressure has been put on the award committee demanding the award be rescinded, while the man who was supposed to give the laudatio — last … Read more Adonis in Osnabruck

Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

… on February 2nd 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland, the following announcement, written by Hugo Ball appeared in the local press: “The Cabaret Voltaire. Under this name a group of young artists and writers has formed with the object of becoming a center for artistic entertainment. In principle, the Cabaret will be run by artists, permanent guests, who, following their daily reunions, will give musical or literary performances. Young Zurich … Read more Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

Hind Meddeb & Federica Matta: “Face à l’horreur”

Yesterday I received a letter — an outcry, really, and a cogent reflection on the Paris massacres — from Hind Meddeb, the daughter of Abdelwahab Meddeb, written in collaboration with the painter Federica Matta who also contributed the drawing. Moved by her outcry, I asked her for permission to reprint it here on Nomadics, first in French, and later, when I’ll have a moment in English translation. Face à l’horreur … Read more Hind Meddeb & Federica Matta: “Face à l’horreur”

PEN Gala: Political Correctness Gone Viral

That a half-dozen writers would counter the PEN proposal to correctly honor Charlie Hebdo with the Toni & James Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award & absent themselves from the Gala is explainable. As indeed Salman Rusdhie did explain their actions, despite the use of one inaccurate word. That nearly two hundred more (PEN-members? writers? fellow-travelers of what?) would jump on the bandwagon of this “boycott” via the net is … Read more PEN Gala: Political Correctness Gone Viral

Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (18)

The Malady of Islam by Abdelwahab Meddeb translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Charlotte Mandell (18th installment) P a r t  I V The Western Exclusion of Islam 33 Now that I’ve come to the end of this book, written in urgency, I would like to enrich the “testimonies against intolerance” collected by Voltaire to form the fifteenth chapter of his Traité sur la tolérance with two verses from … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (18)

Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (17)

The Malady of Islam by Abdelwahab Meddeb translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Charlotte Mandell (17th installment) P a r t  I V The Western Exclusion of Islam 32  That is the sickness of Islam.  It has existed throughout history.  It exists now.  It is identifiable through the actions and words of the fundamentalists.  But I do not confuse Islam with its sickness, even if I can see … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (17)

Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (15)

The Malady of Islam by Abdelwahab Meddeb translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Charlotte Mandell (15th installment) P a r t  I V The Western Exclusion of Islam 30 Should we think back to the Ismailians when we recall the secrecy so complete in the conduct of the September 11th terrorists? In fact, the examples of dissimulation and disguise as concerns the Ismailian fidâ’is are just as impressive … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (15)

Nimrod (befoe ISIS), Peter Sloterdijk on Heidegger (in French), Samah Selim on Translation & Adaptation

& here for the weekend’s end a few items of interest in between the ongoing Meddeb / Malady of Islam serialization: Much angered by the destruction of Nimrod & other archeological sites. Must be the first time I am thankful (put that word under erasure) for the British & French colonial greed that stole & stored much of the moveable treasures in their museums. Nimroud : à quoi ressemble la … Read more Nimrod (befoe ISIS), Peter Sloterdijk on Heidegger (in French), Samah Selim on Translation & Adaptation

Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (14)

The Malady of Islam by Abdelwahab Meddeb translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Charlotte Mandell (14th installment) P a r t  I V The Western Exclusion of Islam 28 Sacrifice and secretiveness have often been mentioned in explaining how the terrorists acted on September 11.  We should be careful when analyzing these two characteristics, and not try to shed light on them only by invoking Islamic history and … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb: The Malady of Islam (14)