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Scabrous Birdseed
03-10-2002, 10:26:07
Possibly the best essay I've ever read, extremely serious, multi-levelled stuff yet with an astounding flow. Absolute page-turner without sacrificing literary depth.

It's the story of a journey he takes accross africa while researching the literary and sociological origins of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, while at the same time discussing the ideas that led up to The Holocaust. An unflinching examination of the horrors of Colonialism in Africa through two centuries, written with passion and intellectual clarity second to none, as a journey through time while he himself travels along a desolate route in the middle of the Sahara desert...

Very warmly recommended- the English translantion is out in paperback since earlier this year.

moomin
03-10-2002, 20:28:23
Absolute trash. I mean, the notion that the Nazi extermiated the Jews as a people not because of their ideological hatered of Jews but because the Jews ate too much is so patently absurd even socialists tend to be embarrased when discussing this... offering.

Scabrous Birdseed
04-10-2002, 10:38:20
:hmm: You haven't actually read it, have you?

I'd discuss what the book actually claims, but I'd need to put a big ***SPOILER*** tag in front and it'd be a bit pointless sice moomin clearly hasn't grasped the possibly too-intellectual contents.

Suffice to say it's not an astoundingly socialist book, as such, and doesn't even begin to discuss the actual reasons for the holocaust, just the ideological connections between Lebensraum and the extermination ideas, from an unusual and insightful perspective.

The "eat too much" quote is an example from a contemporary german text, btw, and definately presented as another thin ideological excuse and nothing else.

Sean
04-10-2002, 10:45:53
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
:hmm: You haven't actually read it, have you?
:lol: now you know what it feels like!

FunkyFingers
21-10-2002, 12:48:34
The eat too much quote is surely ironic humour, given how rotund many of our German neighbours get these days :D