By Gil Anidjar
This selection of essays explores the now in most cases extinct thought of “Semites.” Invented within the 19th century and necessary to the making of contemporary conceptions of faith and race, the unusual harmony of Jew and Arab lower than one time period, “Semite” (the opposing time period used to be “Aryan”), and the situations that caused its disappearance represent the topic of this quantity. With a spotlight at the historical past of disciplines (including spiritual stories and Jewish studies), in addition to on lingering political, theological, and cultural results (secularism, anti-Semitism, Israel/Palestine), Semites: Race, faith, and Literature turns to the literary mind's eye because the web site of a delicate and tenuous substitute, the promise of whatever like a “Semitic perspective.”
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18 A Pot When I woke I knew: there’s a pot with fish on the fire and the pot has no lid. My bed was full of soft and red fish pieces, and the fish had the plastered eyes of babies buried in the pyramids. There is a pot on the fire with no bottom, no lid. 20 From Fear From fear of being late desperate children bite their tongues or fingers, they can rip the blue-fringed bedspread to shreds. What else can desperate people do when someone who is stronger slams off the alarm while they in his arms better asleep than awake as in the lap of a beautiful snake your days slipping away.
Turning and turning the millstone how many years have we kept silent. Who will ascend the tower in days of hard labor, in these hot days of labor who can think of carrying himself away from his lot? In their distress they were like barley seeds as crowded as barley seeds in a sack men and women and all the field-owners together one breath away from the fire ground into one by the turn of a millstone millstone how many years have we kept silent. And the screeching of ravens. And the children. Aah I screamed on the roof of the tower of Tevets there I learned to scream.
20 From Fear From fear of being late desperate children bite their tongues or fingers, they can rip the blue-fringed bedspread to shreds. What else can desperate people do when someone who is stronger slams off the alarm while they in his arms better asleep than awake as in the lap of a beautiful snake your days slipping away. 22 New Year The house filling up with guests resembles a tree where new leaves replace withered ones. When the bell rings the threshold’s heart jumps like a branch on which birds alighted and the walls near each other, move apart.