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SAYED KASHUA: “SECOND PERSON” – THE DESIRE TO BE LIKE THE OCCUPIERS

Sep 12, 2012 07:00 pm
Literatures of the World
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
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Amir, a social worker in West Jerusalem, wants “to be like them” – the Jewish Israelis, who live a matter-of-fact life in a country to which the Arab Israelis want to belong, but cannot. Sayed Kashua’s novel “Second Person” deals with people who try to overcome their alienation in the majority culture by adopting a new identity. They pursue the happiness promised by pop culture and Western individualism, and yet are bound to fail in a country that is deeply torn.

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