Monthly Archives: August 2010

Amours Sorcières by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Les Amours Sorcières by Tahar Ben Jelloun is a collection of 20 short stories on the theme of love, passion, betrayal and friendship. What I found interesting about these tales was the embedded richness of Morrocan traditions and rituals. He … Continue reading

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Selected poems of Wisława Szymborska

I thought I would share with you three of the poems that I found inspiring and thought provoking from Wisława Szymborska. Some of Szymborska major themes include the ironies of love, history lessons unlearned, and the human parochial human perspectives. … Continue reading

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Mainstream Black Conciousness vs Frantz Fanon

Overall, I read Fanon’s book Black Skin, White Masks with an open mind. I believe the main point of his book is “to liberate the black man from the arsenal of complexes that germinated in the colonial situation. (p14)” I … Continue reading

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The collective WE in a struggle that exists among a single people

Re: the functions of collectivity in instances of struggle I agree, in cases where the enemy is readily visible the interests of the “collective We” (freedom from the source of oppression) outweighs the interests of the individuals that make up … Continue reading

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Longing for the land of my forefathers…

The longing for the land of my forefathers is a recurrent theme in the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. As a Palestinian who had to leave his home and flee to Lebanon after the Israeli forces assaulted his hometown al-Birwa in … Continue reading

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Wolves in sheep’s clothing… the nature of human brutality

Where does human brutality come from? Are human beings bad bynature? Good by nature? Or should human beings be compared to animals? Mohammed Dib’s collection of short stories The Savage Night attempts to address these questions through stories inspired by, … Continue reading

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The Dialogue of the Late Afternoon by Naguib Mahfouz

In my first post, I thought I would share a simple yet thought-provoking short story by Naguib Mahfouz. He is our neighbor-and what a fine neighborhood, what a splendid neighbor! In the late afternoon he sits cross-legged on a couch … Continue reading

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