Politics and Literature at the Turn of the Millennium

Politics and Literature at the Turn of the Millennium

Politics and Literature shows how important insights about genocide, poverty, state violence, world terrorism, the clash of civilizations, and other phenomena haunting the world at the turn of the millennium can be derived from contemporary novels. Keren demonstrates ways in which fictional literature can provide new perspectives on the complexities and contingencies of contemporary politics. His fresh readings of well-known novels will be valuable not only for political scientists but also for anyone interested in current affairs who reads fiction but is not always aware of its power to provide enlightenment on world issues. Works by José Saramago, Cormac McCarthy, Anosh Irani, John Le Carré, and Yann Martel, among others, are studied.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Half Title Page 2
Full Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Table of Contents 6
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 8
1: POLITICS AND LITERATURE 12
2: THE “ORIGINAL POSITION”IN JOSÉ SARAMAGO’S BLINDNESS 36
3: ABSURDITY AND REVOLT IN CORMAC MCCARTHY’S THE ROAD 58
4: THE BYSTANDER’S TALE: GIL COURTEMANCHE’S A SUNDAY AT THE POOL IN KIGALI 80
5: FICTION AND THE STUDY OF SLUMS: ANOSH IRANI’S THE CRIPPLE AND HIS TALISMANS 100
6: NARRATIVE AND MEMORY IN HARUKI MURAKAMI’S KAFKA ON THE SHORE, GÜNTER GRASS’S CRABWALK, AND ANDRÉ BRINK’S THE RIGHTS OF DESIRE 112
7: THE POLITICS OF VICTIMHOOD IN JOHN LE CARRÉ’S ABSOLUTE FRIENDS 136
8: THE QUEST FOR IDENTITY IN SAYED KASHUA’S LET IT BE MORNING 152
9: POLITICAL ESCAPISM IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL: DAVID GROSSMAN’S TO THE END OF THE LAND 174
10: BODY AND MIND IN MARGARET ATWOOD’S ORYX AND CRAKE 196
11: A CANADIAN ALTERNATIVE TO THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS: YANN MARTEL’S LIFE OF PI 218
NOTES 238
BIBLIOGRAPHY 254
INDEX 260
Back Cover 274