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By Jacqueline Rose

 Known for her far-reaching examinations of psychoanalysis, literature, and politics, Jacqueline Rose has lately became her awareness to the Israel-Palestine clash, probably the most enduring and it appears intractable conflicts of our time. In Proust one of the Nations, she takes the improvement of her idea in this hindrance a level additional, revealing it as a tremendously Western problem.

In an intensive rereading of the Dreyfus affair in the course of the lens of Marcel Proust in discussion with Freud, Rose deals a clean and nuanced account of the increase of Jewish nationalism and the next production of Israel. Following Proust’s heirs, Beckett and Genet, and a number of center jap writers, artists, and filmmakers, Rose lines the transferring dynamic of reminiscence and identification around the the most important and ongoing cultural hyperlinks among Europe and Palestine. A strong and stylish research of the accountability of writing, Proust one of the Nations makes the case for literature as a distinct source for realizing political fight and offers us new how one can imagine creatively in regards to the violence within the heart East.

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Shalev-Gerz lived for twenty-three years in Jerusalem, from 1957 to 1980, before moving to New York and then Paris, where she now lives and works. In Europe, one of her most famous works is the “Monument against Fascism,” a leadcovered column that she constructed with her then husband, the sculptor Jochen Gerz, in the German town of Harburg in 1986. The inscription on the column reads: 20 Introduction We invite the citizens of Harburg and visitors to the town, to add their names here to ours. In doing so, we commit ourselves to remain vigilant.

In doing so, we commit ourselves to remain vigilant. As more and more names cover this 12 meter high lead column, it will gradually be lowered into the ground. One day it will have disappeared completely and the site of the Harburg monument against fascism will be empty.  By traveling from Lithuania to Israel to Paris, Shalev-Gerz moves across all the spaces covered in the journey of this book, from the East, home to so many of the Jews who first migrated to Palestine, into Israel’s present political landscape, and from there back into the heart of Europe’s fascist past.

In Proust’s typology, this makes justice—for the good of the other or for nothing—the flip side of cruelty, which turns a blind eye to the suffering of others which we ourselves have caused. You cannot have it both ways, although it is one of Proust’s insights, as we have already seen, that we often and easily do. Fighting for justice does not, for the most part, exonerate the soul or purge us of our darker passions. Victory in the world’s courts of justice has never stopped anyone from putting themselves on trial in their dreams.

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