Monday, March 9, 2015

the last book I ever read (Rabih Alameddine's An Unnecessary Woman, excerpt eleven)

from 2014 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine:

Samir Kassir, in his wonderful book about Beirut, differentiates them thus: Arab nationalists who converted to socialism and socialists newly alert to the mobilizing virtues of nationalism.

Decipher that.

Need I tell you that Baathists and Nasserites have killed each other by the busload?

One’s first response is that these Beirutis must be savagely insane to murder each other for such trivial divergences. Don’t judge us too harshly. At the heart of most antagonisms are irreconcilable similarities. Hundred-year wars were fought over whether Jesus was human in divine form or divine in human form. Belief is murderous.

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