Landscapes of War: From Sarajevo to Chechnya

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City Lights Books, 2000 - History - 225 pages
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Landscapes of War: From Sarajevo to Chechnya is an incisive examination of the tensions that exist between the West and Islamic societies of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. These essays, originating in Goytisolo's travels in the late 1990s, provide rich historical analysis and moving first-person reportage of life in four explosive war-zones: Sarajevo, Algeria, the West Bank and Gaza, and Chechnya. From the 17th century to the Gulf War, the West has regarded Islam as the enemy on the doorstep, and this book elucidates how relations between Islam and the West continue to be shaped in a climate of ideological, political, and cultural confrontation.

Goytisolo examines the fratricidal frenzy in Algeria and the war waged by French police against North African migrants in France, and he describes a besieged Sarajevo transformed into a concentration camp surrounded by barbed wire. He contemplates the despair and poverty of Palestinian youth living in the Occupied Territories and details the brutality of the Russian war in the Caucasus. Whether reporting on the fate of the Bosnians after the break up of the former Yugoslavia or analyzing the growing appeal of fundamentalisms - Islamic, Jewish, and Russian Orthodox - Goytisolo displays the same blend of intelligence, vision, and warm fellow-feeling that has made him one the most imposing literary figures of our time.

Many of these succinct and eloquent essays first appeared in Spain's leading newspaper El Pais, and English translations were published in the Times Literary Supplement (London).

About the Author

Juan Goytisolo was born in Barcelona in 1931. In 1993 he was awarded the Nelly Sachs Prize for his literary achievement and contribution to world culture. His translated works include a two volume autobiography, Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife, the trilogy Marks of Identity, Count Julian and Juan the Landless, and the essays, Saracen Chronicles. His most recent work is The Marx Family Saga, published last year by City Lights Books.

Peter Bush is Director of the British Center for Literary Translation and translated Juan Goytisolo's The Marx Family Saga, which was awarde

 

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Contents

The Crack Marksman
3
The Mousetrap
8
Hospitals Cemeteries Oslobodenje
13
The Record of Horror
19
Memoricide
24
One Way to Earn a Living
29
An Orthodox Arc for the Islamic Serpent
35
Europes Shame
41
The Gaza Powder Keg
107
Arafat in the Lobster Pot
114
Between Hamas and Rabin
122
Dividends of Peace?
130
Separated and Enmeshed
139
Dream and Nightmare
146
Sufi Brotherhoods
155
Goodbye to you foul land of the Russian
162

GoodBye Sarajevo
47
A Bitter Awakening
55
Islam Politics
61
The Causes of the Islamic Salvation Front
68
From Boudiafs Martydom to the Second Battle of Algiers
75
Terror
81
Of Sermons and Satellite Disks
89
Musical Chairs
97
Hadji Murad
168
Tsar Boris
174
Urbicide Massacres and Mass Graves
181
Shifting Frontiers
188
To the Mountains
195
Approaches to Islam
203
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About the author (2000)

Juan Goytisolo was born in Barcelona in 1931. Since 1956 he has lived in voluntary exile outside Spain and now lives in Marrakesh. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Juan Rulfo International Latin American and Carribean Prize for Literature. His most recent books are State of Siege, The Garden of Secrets, Landscapes of War, and The Marx Family Saga.

Peter Bush is the Director of the British Center for Literary Translations at the University of East Anglia. He has translated the work of Juan Carlos Onetti and Senel Paz and recently edited an anthology of Cuban stories, The Voice of the Turtle.

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