By Navid Kermani

What connects Shiite ardour performs with Brecht?s drama? Which of Goethe?s poems have been encouraged by way of the Quran? How can Ibn Arabi?s theology of sighs clarify the performs of Heinrich von Kleist? And why did the Persian writer Sadeq Hedayat establish with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka?

?One who is aware himself and others will right here too comprehend: Orient and Occident aren't any longer separable?: during this new publication, the significantly acclaimed writer and pupil Navid Kermani takes Goethe at his note. He reads the Quran as a poetic textual content, opens jap literature to Western readers, unveils the magical size within the works of Goethe and Kleist, and deciphers the political implications of theatre, from Shakespeare to Lessing to Brecht. Drawing notable comparisons among diversified literary traditions and cultures, Kermani argues for a literary cosmopolitanism that's against all those that might play religions and cultures opposed to each other, separating them from each other by means of strength. among Quran and Kafka concludes with Kermani?s speech on receiving Germany?s maximum literary prize, an impassioned plea for higher fraternity within the face of the tyranny and terrorism of Islamic State.

Kermani?s own assimilation of the classics provides his paintings that topical urgency that distinguishes common literature whilst it speaks to our such a lot intimate emotions. For, in fact, love too lies ?between Quran and Kafka?.

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