The Last Resistance
‘Language as much as deeds laid down the lines of a political tragedy’
In her latest book, The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives. The role of literature in the Zionist imagination is presented as a unique form of dissidence, with the power to expose the unconscious of nations. Examining writers ranging from David Grossman, through W.G. Sebald, Freud, Nadine Gordimer,and topics including the concept of evil and suicide bombers, The Last Resistance offers a unique way of responding to the crises of the times.
In conversation with her was Antony Lerman, who has spoken of the Jewish community’s ‘increasingly bitter polarisation over fundamental issues affects affecting Jewish existence’, with Israel as ‘the first faultline’.
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.Antony Lerman
Antony Lerman, former Zionist leader and head of London’s Institute for Jewish Policy Research, is a writer and activist.