Proust Among The Nations
Boyd Tonkin, Jacqueline Rose
In her book, Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East, Jacqueline Rose takes her far-reaching and often controversial analysis of the Middle East conflict into the heart of Europe. Offering a radical re-reading of the Dreyfus Affair through the lens of Marcel Proust, in dialogue with Sigmund Freud, she traces the shifting dynamic of memory and identity across the crucial and ongoing cultural links between Europe and Palestine. A plea for the responsibility of writing, the book makes the case for literature as a unique resource for understanding the political struggle and suggests new ways to think creatively about the violence in the Middle East.
Boyd Tonkin writes on books and arts for international media including The Economist, The Financial Times, The Times and Wall Street Journal. He chaired the Man Booker International Prize in 2016, and served as its Special Adviser. For many years he worked at The Independent as Literary Editor and then Senior Writer. His reader’s guide to global fiction, The Hundred Best Novels in Translation, appeared in 2018.
Jacqueline Rose joins the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in January 2015. She has written extensively on psychoanalysis, feminism, literature and politics. Her books include On Not Being Able to Sleep and Proust among the Nations.