by Edward W. Said
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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For generations now, the orientalism of Edward WSaid defined our understanding of colonialism and empire, and this modern Penguin Classics edition contains a preface written by Said shortly before his death in 2003.In this highly acclaimed work, Edward Said investigates the history and nature of attitudes from west to east, taking into account orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation – a means for colonial writers, philosophers and administrators to confront the “alterity” of Eastern culture, customs and beliefs.He retraces this point of view through the writings of Homer, Nerval and Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative representations have greatly contributed to the romantic and exotic image of the Occident of the Orient.Drawing on his own experiences as a Palestinian Arab living in the West, Said examines how these ideas can reflect European imperialism and racism.Edward wSaid (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American cultural critic and author, born in Jerusalem and educated in Egypt and the United States.His other books include The Question of Palestine, Culture and Imperialism and Out of Place: A Memoir.If you’ve liked orientalism, you might want the damned Frantz Fanon of the earth, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.Stimulating, elegant and pugnacious’ Observe’ beautifully modeled and passionately argued’ New Statesman’ Very exciting.his case is not just convincing, but conclusive “John Leonard, New York Times’ Magisterial’ Terry Eagleton
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