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Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

J.M. Coetzee über Israel und Apartheid

Der weltberühmte südafrikanische Schriftsteller J.M. Cotzee war als Gast auf dem palästinensischen Kulturfestival über Israel und Apartheid. „Machen sie sich ihr eigenes Bild über die Apartheid“!

 

Rarely are introductions more gripping than main acts, yet that was the case with keynote author J.M. Coetzee’s reading last night at the Palestine Festival of Literature. Now in its ninth year, the arts fair brings together literary giants and up-and-comers to tour Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, where the writers give free recitals and workshops along the way.

The authors traveled by bus, lugging their suitcases through checkpoint turn-stiles. Among their day trips, they followed locals down the divided streets of Hebron, and explored the now chic Israeli gallery town of Ein Hod, which was a Palestinian village before 1948. The original inhabitants were forbidden to return and instead gaze upon their former homes from a hilltop two kilometers away under the peculiar status of a “present absentee,” which is legal-speak for those who shall remain dispossessed.

Such sites are bound to affect a tourist.

If that tourist is also a legendary South African intellectual known for diving into the dynamics of race and country and the force of empire, such as Coetzee, then this tourist’s analysis becomes the most anticipated event of the night.

– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/nobelist-apartheid-conclusions/#sthash.wEgu3cYN.dpuf

Rarely are introductions more gripping than main acts, yet that was the case with keynote author J.M. Coetzee’s reading last night at the Palestine Festival of Literature. Now in its ninth year, the arts fair brings together literary giants and up-and-comers to tour Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, where the writers give free recitals and workshops along the way.

The authors traveled by bus, lugging their suitcases through checkpoint turn-stiles. Among their day trips, they followed locals down the divided streets of Hebron, and explored the now chic Israeli gallery town of Ein Hod, which was a Palestinian village before 1948. The original inhabitants were forbidden to return and instead gaze upon their former homes from a hilltop two kilometers away under the peculiar status of a “present absentee,” which is legal-speak for those who shall remain dispossessed.

Such sites are bound to affect a tourist.

– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/nobelist-apartheid-conclusions/#sthash.6fQEmAb3.dpuf

Rarely are introductions more gripping than main acts, yet that was the case with keynote author J.M. Coetzee’s reading last night at the Palestine Festival of Literature. Now in its ninth year, the arts fair brings together literary giants and up-and-comers to tour Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, where the writers give free recitals and workshops along the way.

The authors traveled by bus, lugging their suitcases through checkpoint turn-stiles. Among their day trips, they followed locals down the divided streets of Hebron, and explored the now chic Israeli gallery town of Ein Hod, which was a Palestinian village before 1948. The original inhabitants were forbidden to return and instead gaze upon their former homes from a hilltop two kilometers away under the peculiar status of a “present absentee,” which is legal-speak for those who shall remain dispossessed.

Such sites are bound to affect a tourist.

– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/nobelist-apartheid-conclusions/#sthash.6fQEmAb3.dpuf

http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/nobelist-apartheid-conclusions/

 

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