Huck Finn

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The New York Review of Books: Seeds of Revolution:
By Avishai Margalit, Ian Buruma

Theodor Herzl, founding father of the Zionist movement, was not a gifted novelist. Nevertheless, his novel, Altneuland (Old-New Land), is one of the most remarkable books of the twentieth century. Although Herzl finished it in 1902, the visionary ideas expressed in this 'fairy tale,' as he called it, belonged firmly in the century before. Altneuland is a blueprint of the perfect Jewish state, a technocratic utopia, a socialist dream with all the advantages of capitalism, an idealistic colonial enterprise, a model of pure reason, a 'light unto the nations.' It also helps to explain the extremism of some of those who rebel against the dominance of what is widely regarded as the arrogant West."


Su James Baldwin - James Baldwin Strikes a Spark ( "As a mature adult -- an international figure, the most prominent and venerated African American writer of his generation -- James Baldwin allowed fame to go a bit to his head. He could not always resist the temptation of oracular pronunciamentos, and there could be an excess of self-importance in his manner and his prose. Fame does things to people's egos, and Baldwin proved not much less susceptible to it than other authors before or since."


The New York Review of Books: Israel: The Threat from Within

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The political damage done by the settlements to the peace process has been ratcheted up several orders of magnitude by the separation fence. For Palestinians, the fence confirms Israel's intention to leave most of its settlements in place and to confine the Palestinian population within less than half of the West Bank (i.e., about 10 percent of pre-1948 Palestine). No amount of verbal acrobatics by Prime Minister Sharon will persuade any Palestinian that the purpose of this fence, in which Israel, despite its parlous economic situation, is investing billions of Israeli shekels, is anything other than the creation of South African-style bantustans to contain an emerging Arab majority.


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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Death of the ego: "With his black novella Intimacy, Hanif Kureishi was accused of the worst kind of literary selfishness, writing the break-up of his own family into a narrative of personal angst and liberation. What it eventually became, however, was an interesting illustration of the dangers - and thrills - of autobiographical fiction. The book was at first difficult to read amid the outraged dust it kicked up (critics were more interested in the failings of Kureishi than in those of his protagonist, Jay). But once the chatter had subsided, Kureishi's real-life story also seemed to drain from the prose. Instead, what became apparent was the style. In a notable leap from the melting-pot, pop-political noise of Kureishi's earlier films and fiction, the English of Intimacy was continentally inspired, disciplined and blankly ironic. This, it turned out, was his mature voice."