BOOK NOTES – TO OPEN UP DIALOGUE by Gili Ben-Zvi
Lately, a wave of ill humor with a spate of indecision took a particular toll on my reading. Magazine articles seemed too long, short story collections felt fragmented, a novella left a bland impression. Meanwhile, a few novels rotated in and out of my backpack, even though each took at least one turn to travel with me, none were read. As I frequented bookshops, I could not escape the image of my nightstand book pile growing yet another tier. Clearly, I was in a mood which manifested in a literary sulk. I needed to mend the rift between a desire to read and an inability to commit. I turned to two unrelated friends for help, to my surprise both their recommendations veered from the fiction path I had thus far treaded. The first was Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff edited by Deborah A. Starr and Sasson Somekh. A collection of essays and fiction writing by the Egyptian-born Israeli intellectual who coined the term “Levantinism” to connote a Middle Eastern social model. The second was The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, the Martinique born psychiatrist who wrote during the Algerian war and whose book is considered a pillar of anti-colonial thought. It seems strange that these complex and at times heavy subjects were the ones that pulled me through. Maybe it was luck or the zeitgeist or the advisability of exposing one’s self to multiple perspectives. A reminder to open up dialogue, especially in troubled times.
TAKSIM IST ÜBERALL Lesen für die Meinungsfreiheit: Von der aktualisierten Sonderausgabe seines hoffnungsvollen Reportagebuches zur Gezi-Bewegung ist bereits die zweite Auflage gedruckt. Zusätzlich zu dem Autorenhonorar geht je ein Solidaritätseuro pro verkauftes Buch an Deniz Yücel, der bereits seit Mitte Februar in der Türkei in Untersuchungshaft sitzt. Aus dem Gefängnis
heraus bat er Freunde und Kollegen, einzelne Kapitel nochmals zu redigieren
und seine Journalisten-Kollegen Doris Akrap, Daniel-Dylan Böhmer und Özlem Topçu haben das bewegende, aktuelle
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