Zionism has been a phenomenal success. Over little more than half a century, Israel has achieved much - for the Jews. Meanwhile the condition of the Palestinians, who are subject to a brutal occupation and siege, deteriorates by the day, while the rulers of the world do nothing.Jaqueline Rose in the Guardian looks to the country's fiction in an article called Chroniclers of Pain to see how authors such as Amos Oz, Orly Castel-Bloom, Yizhar, Etgar Keret, Emil Habibi have :
... acted as the nation's conscience, shattering the rhetoric of state.This sounds so like something that Farish Noor would say, don't you think? :
All nations, as Ernest Renan famously stated, rely on forgetting or historical error (which is why, he adds, progress in historical knowledge can threaten national identity). They rely on stories that have to be forged out of a retreating past, reworking memory as they go.Fiction can, and should, challenge that rhetoric.