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After such Knowledge, What Forgiveness ?


Éditeur : Farrar, Straus & Giroux Date & Lieu : 1997, New York
Préface : David Fromkin Pages : 356
Traduction : ISBN : 0-374-10200-7
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 160x235 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Ang. 3922Thème : Politique

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After such Knowledge, What Forgiveness ?


After such Knowleoge. What Forgiveness ?
My encounters with Kurdistan

This highly readable book, filled with colorful detail and personal anecdote, concerns the Kurds, the least known of the major peoples of the Middle East. Mr. Randal has spent more than a decade moving among them and inquiring into their affairs, and he gives us a valuable firsthand account of the battle they have waged against all of those (including fellow Kurds) who have tried to rule them. indomitable warriors, the Kurdish tribesmen have always lost at the peace conference whatever they win on the battlefield, but they never give up. Mr. Randal has a fascinating tale to tell, and nobody has told it better than be does here.

David FROMKIN


Jonathan C. Randal has been celebrated for more than a quarter century for his trenchant reporting on war and civil disturbance in the Thrid World. Years ago, noting that Kurds - the largest ethnic group in the world without their own country - were involved in every major story he covered in Iran, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq, he decided to "throw a spotlight on a forgotten corner of the Middle east, as the old saying goes, take a nineteenth century kind of walking tour through a country that doesn't exist - three months in, three months out. A holyday fantasy, I should have known better."

Several wars, poison-gas attacks, and mass migrations later, here is his firsthand report on Kurdistan - a shocking, tragic account of diplomacy and politics in the Middle East, and a gripping adventure story about being a war reporter in the 1990s.

Throughout the Kurds' history, world powers have promised to help them achieve autonomy, and each time the Kurds have been betrayed. But they are also of betrayal : Randal,recording their talent for vehement internecine warfare and their gift for friendship, takes us behind the headlines to the inner story of power politics in the Middle East, and it is not a pretty one. His sympathetic knowledge of Kurdish history and his unparalelled access to Kurdish leaders and to diplomats, ministers, intelligence agents, warriors, and journalists make him the only writer able to get that story for us and discover the truth.


For Geneviève and Julie
and for Fred Cuny and other Absent Friends,
many of them Kurds


After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now
History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,
Guides us by vanities ...
                                Think
Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues
Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.

T. S. ELIOT, "Gerontion"




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