The Last Resistance
Verso, 2007 - 237 pagina's
In The Last Resistance,Jacqueline Rose explores the power of writing to create and transformour political lives. In particular, she examines the role of literaturein the Zionist imagination: here, literature is presented as a uniqueform of dissidence, with the power to expose the unconscious ofnations, and often proposing radical alternatives to their dominantpathways and beliefs.
While Israel-Palestine is the repeated focus, The Last Resistance alsoturns to post-apartheid South Africa, to American national fantasypost-9/11, and to key moments for the understanding of Jewish cultureand memory. Rose also underscores the importance of psychoanalysis,both historically in relation to the unfolding of world events, and asa tool of political understanding.
Examining topics ranging from DavidGrossman, through W.G. Sebald, Freud, Nadine Gordimer, the concept ofevil, and suicide bombers, The Last Resistance offers a unique way of responding to the crises of the times.
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'In every war,' he writes, 'situations arise in which a person must knowingly place
himself in a situation where his death is certain, and anyone who volunteers for
such an operation is a holy hero [. . .] It is permitted to carry out an action that ...
'The killer finds a victim who will die his death.' The killer murders his victim, as it
were, on his own behalf. Enacting death, he avoids his own subjection to its law.
Every time the killer strikes, it is his own death that he avoids. In this analysis ...
In the midst of Simone de Beauvoir's All Men Are Mortal* of 1946, the immortal
Fosca stares at his political future after his son, Antonio, has died fighting for his
native city. Impotent in the face of his son's death, confronted with a set of political
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