Culture and Resistance: Conversations with Edward W. Said
David Barsamian interviews Edward Said.
Haymarket Books, 2019; 224 pages.
Edward Said discusses the centrality of popular resistance to his understanding of culture, history, and social change. He examines the war on terrorism, the war in Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and lays out a compelling vision for a secular, democratic future in the Middle East.
Talking on the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Said proposes a radical solution that cuts through the current impasse with a promise of reconciliation and peace for both peoples. He addresses the origins of the Palestinian revolt, the collapse of the highly praised peace process, and whether the mainstream media in this country can be trusted to provide explanations. He also describes the ongoing campaign to prevent him from publicly addressing Middle East issues. Of the scandalous behavior of the Freud Society of Vienna, which canceled an invitation for him to speak, he says, "What they want is my silence, and as long as I'm alive, it's not going to happen."
New introduction by David Barsamian.
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