Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli

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Cultural Writing. A highly provocative and infinitely approachable book which confronts history with a generous act of imagination, as it presents us with a practical ethics for the present and for the future of the Israel-Palestine question.. The book's title responds to the writings of Palestinian author and human rights activist Raja Shehadeh, who has called for "rituals of truce" between Israelis and Palestinians, with the hope of finding "an other Israeli" in the process. With extraordinary nuance, ...
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Cultural Writing. A highly provocative and infinitely approachable book which confronts history with a generous act of imagination, as it presents us with a practical ethics for the present and for the future of the Israel-Palestine question.. The book's title responds to the writings of Palestinian author and human rights activist Raja Shehadeh, who has called for "rituals of truce" between Israelis and Palestinians, with the hope of finding "an other Israeli" in the process. With extraordinary nuance, sensitivity, and rare good sense, Israeli-born author Benjamin Hollander uses a collage-text approach, combining journal entries, news items, personal stories, citations, dialogues, aphorisms, poetry, real emails, virtual letters, and graphics, to arrive at two extended essays-in-fragments. Four-color cover based on Dani Karavan's "Passages," Port Bou, Spain.
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Drawing on personal anecdote as well as extended quotations from Walter Benjamin, Emanuel Levinas, Mahmoud Darwish and the Marx Brothers (among others), Israeli-American poet Benjamin Hollander assembles two ambitious poem-essays in Rituals of Truth and the Other Israeli. The two pieces reflect, challenge and lament central dilemmas of Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian identity, as well as the intractable history between them. Hollander's first title montage is the more satisfying of the two, and the more personal. An Edmond Jabes quote-"I only know that, due to circumstance, solitude has become the profound destiny of the Jew. The State of Israel not only doesn't break that solitude, it often aggravates it"-becomes a repeated touchstone as Hollander offers insights based on his own experience as an Ashkenazi Jew born in Haifa who immigrated to the U.S. at age six, and who thinks critically about his own and others' rhetorical authority. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780963932174
  • Publisher: Parrhesia Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 137
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    A book with a sense of humor about its own importance as a book...

    This is a book, this is not a book. I think Magritte would agree with me when saying this about Benjamin Hollander's work. One part citation, one part recitation, one part interior monologue, one part exterior dialogue makes for a complicated read that asks questions that are begging to be asked. However, in asking the important questions about conflict, the writer and the book take into account that the solutions may not necessarily exist in the current discussions about the conflict, but rather in asking fundamentaly different questions. There's a tension that can only be called frustration over a problem that is at once local and foreign. It's as if the book and its auther are refugees from each other and are searching for nothing more than a mode of communication regarding something that has pages and pages of preemptive 'essays' in anticipation of the dialogue. How, in this kind of atmosphere, where the opinions are formed and declared before the discussion ensues, are answers to be found? At this point, it's safe to say that the conflict in question is the Israel/Palestine crisis. This book doesn't claim to be the spawn of a Jimmy Carter peace effort, but rather an intriguing inquiry into a problem that has been fought within the context of a stalemate. If you are looking for a political diatribe you will not find it here; however, if you are looking to read something that is fresh and invigorating, something that posits a problem outside of the normal battlefield in which you can't see the hills from the craters, then read this book. Even if you don't know what the green line is, or why this latest intifada broke out, you will gain a perspective outside of our sound bite culture into the possible rituals of truce that exist beyond the assumed positions of friend, foe and other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    one of the most important books i've ever read...

    any one interested in the 'real' solution to the israeli/palistinian conflict should read this book...a book of politics as page turner...as text book...as beach novel...as poem...as memoir...as it's own margin...this book should be read and reread...this is an astoundingly original piece of thinking/work.

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