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The Pen and the Sword

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Insights into Palestine, imperialism, and cultural confilct.

By means of precise, informed questioning David Barsamian leads us into the brilliant mind of Edward W. Said.

-The decline of the American Left
-The current predicament of the liberation struggle in Palestine
-Further elaborations on Orientalism and Culture and Imperialsim
-The western genralizations of Arab culture
-Imperialism as seen through the prism of western literature: Joseph Conrad, Jane Austen, T.S. Eliot, Albert Camus, V.S. Naipaul, Amos Oz and others.

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Gathered here are five wide-ranging interviews with the internationally renowned Palestinian scholar and critic Edward Said (1935-2003). In conversation with David Barsamian, director of Alternative Radio, these interviews cover a broad range of topics: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Professor Said's groundbreaking work of literary scholarship, Orientalism; music; and much more. With an introduction by Eqbal Ahmad, and a new preface from Nubar Hovsepian, this is an indispensable introduction to one of the twentieth century's foremost critical intellectuals.

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