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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 determine with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka?

?One who understands himself and others will the following too comprehend: Orient and Occident aren't any longer separable?: during this new ebook, the severely acclaimed writer and student 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 measurement within the works of Goethe and Kleist, and deciphers the political implications of theatre, from Shakespeare to Lessing to Brecht. Drawing amazing comparisons among assorted literary traditions and cultures, Kermani argues for a literary cosmopolitanism that's against all those that could play religions and cultures opposed to each other, setting apart them from each other by means of strength. among Quran and Kafka concludes with Kermani?s speech on receiving Germany?s optimum literary prize, an impassioned plea for better fraternity within the face of the tyranny and terrorism of Islamic State.

Kermani?s own assimilation of the classics offers his paintings that topical urgency that distinguishes common literature while it speaks to our so much intimate emotions. For, in fact, love too lies ?between Quran and Kafka?.

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