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Landscapes of war : from Sarajevo to Chechnya
Goytisolo, Juan.
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San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2000]

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xi, 225 pages ; 21 cm
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Chiefly a collection of previously published essays first published in El Pais and then translated and published in the Times.
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Landscapes of War: From Sarajevo to Chechnya is an incisive examination of the tensions that exist between the West and Islamic societies of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. These essays, originating in Goytisolo's travels in the late 1990s, provide rich historical analysis and moving first-person reportage of life in four explosive war-zones: Sarajevo, Algeria, the West Bank and Gaza, and Chechnya. From the 17th century to the Gulf War, the West has regarded Islam as the enemy on the doorstep, and this book elucidates how relations between Islam and the West continue to be shaped in a climate of ideological, political, and cultural confrontation.

Goytisolo examines the fratricidal frenzy in Algeria and the war waged by French police against North African migrants in France, and he describes a besieged Sarajevo transformed into a concentration camp surrounded by barbed wire. He contemplates the despair and poverty of Palestinian youth living in the Occupied Territories and details the brutality of the Russian war in the Caucasus. Whether reporting on the fate of the Bosnians after the break up of the former Yugoslavia or analyzing thegrowing appeal of fundamentalisms - Islamic, Jewish, and Russian Orthodox - Goytisolo displays the same blend of intelligence, vision, and warm fellow-feeling that has made him one the most imposing literary figures of our time.

Many of these succinct and eloquent essays first appeared in Spain's leading newspaper El Pais, and English translations were published in the Times Literary Supplement (London).

Juan Goytisolo was born in Barcelona in 1931. In 1993 he was awarded the Nelly Sachs Prize for his literary achievement and contribution to world culture. His translated works include a two volume autobiography, Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife , the trilogy Marks of Identity, Count Julian and Juan the Landless , and the essays, Saracen Chronicles . Other works by him and published by City Lights Publishers include The Marx Family Saga , published in 1999, and A Cock-Eyed COmedy published in 2005.

Peter Bush is Director of the British Center for Literary Translation and translated Juan Goytisolo's The Marx Family Saga , which was awarded the Premio Valle-Inclan.

Author Notes

Juan Goytisolo Gay was born in Barcelona, Spain on January 5, 1931. He studied law at the University of Madrid and the University of Barcelona, but did not earn a degree. His first novel, The Young Assassins, was published in 1954. He wrote Children of Chaos and performed six months of military service before moving to Paris in 1956.

He found work as a reader for Gallimard, one of France's premier publishing houses, and continued to write. His novels include Fiestas, Island of Women, Marks of Identity, Count Julian, Juan the Landless, Makbara, Landscapes after the Battle, The Marx Family Saga, A Cock-Eyed Comedy, State of Siege, and Exiled from Almost Everywhere. He also wrote two political travelogues entitled Countryside of Níjar and La Chanca and two memoirs entitled Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife. He died on June 4, 2017 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Sarajevo Notebook
The Crack Marksmanp. 3
The Mousetrapp. 8
Hospitals, Cemeteries, Oslobodenjep. 13
The Record of Horrorp. 19
Memoricidep. 24
One Way to Earn a Livingp. 29
An Orthodox Arc for the Islamic Serpentp. 35
Europe's Shamep. 41
Good-bye Sarajevop. 47
A Bitter Awakeningp. 55
Islam and Politicsp. 61
The Causes of the Islamic Salvation Frontp. 68
From Boudiaf's Martydom to the Second Battle of Algiersp. 75
Terrorp. 81
Of Sermons and Satellite Disksp. 89
Musical Chairsp. 97
Neither Peace nor War: The West Bank and Gaza
The Gaza Powder Kegp. 107
Arafat in the Lobster Potp. 114
Between Hamas and Rabinp. 122
Dividends of Peace?p. 130
Separated and Enmeshedp. 139
Dream and Nightmarep. 146
Sufi Brotherhoodsp. 155
"Good-bye to you, foul land of the Russian"p. 162
Tolstoy and War in the Caucasus: Hadji Muradp. 168
Tzar Borisp. 174
Urbicide, Massacres, and Mass Gravesp. 181
Shifting Frontiersp. 188
To the Mountainsp. 195
Approaches to Islamp. 203