Slouching Towards Jerusalem

Slouching Towards Jerusalem (Amazon)

Reactive Nationalism in the Irish, Israeli and Palestinian Novel

 

מצדה לא תיפול שנית                                                

Massada will not fall a second time (Israeli nationalist motif)

يلعن البابور الي جابك                                                                                       

Cursed be the ship that brought you. (Palestinian saying)

“Referencing W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming,” Maher aptly applies the poem’s question regarding the future of humanity–“what rough beast … / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”–to the title of his study on nationalist struggles in Ireland, Israel, and Palestine…Maher’s unconventional mix of genres, complex disquisitions on the intricacies of nationalisms, and trust in committed literature’s contributions to political solutions make this in the end a fascinating addition to the many academic fields dedicated to triumph over the “rough beast”.

Summing Up: Recommended.’

Choice Review, 2012

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