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Kermani, Navid

Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities

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What connects Shiite passion plays with Brecht's drama? Which of Goethe's poems were inspired by the Quran? How can Ibn Arabi's theology of sighs explain the plays of Heinrich von Kleist? And why did the Persian author Sadeq Hedayat identify with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka?

'One who knows himself and others will here too understand: Orient and Occident are no longer separable': in this new book, the critically acclaimed author and scholar Navid Kermani takes Goethe at his word. He reads the Quran as a poetic text, opens Eastern literature to Western readers, unveils the mystical dimension in the works of Goethe and Kleist, and deciphers the political implications of theatre, from Shakespeare to Lessing to Brecht. Drawing striking comparisons between diverse literary traditions and cultures, Kermani argues for a literary cosmopolitanism that is opposed to all those who would play religions and cultures against one another, isolating them from one another by force. Between Quran and Kafka concludes with Kermani's speech on receiving Germany's highest literary prize, an impassioned plea for greater fraternity in the face of the tyranny and terrorism of Islamic State.

Kermani's personal assimilation of the classics gives his work that topical urgency that distinguishes universal literature when it speaks to our most intimate feelings. For, of course, love too lies 'between Quran and Kafka'.

Nyckelord:

Cosmopolitanism; Eastern culture; Western culture

, Religion & Culture, Literary Theory, Religion & Culture, Literary Theory
Författare
Utgivare
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Utgivningsår
2016
Språk
en
Utgåva
1
Sidantal
300 sidor
Kategori
Litteraturforskning
Format
E-bok
eISBN (ePUB)
9781509500376
Tryckt ISBN
9781509500345

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