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A slim volume of sweeping imaginative scope, The Nights of Tino of Baghdad sets out from the banks of the Nile before progressing through much of the Arabian world and beyond, including Morocco, Baghdad, Thebes and Constantinople. Along the way, Else Lasker-Schüler’s proxy Tino – ‘a poetess from Arabia’ – encounters pashas, sultans, moguls, caliphs and khedives, some pure invention, others able to claim dual citizenship of the writer’s emotional life and her imaganitive realm. Originally published in 1907, The Nights of Tino of Baghdad is a journey through landscapes that author Else Lasker-Schüler had only explored in her mind. It is simultaneously a search for a shared Semitic identity uniting Jewish and Muslim traditions.
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Austrian author Hermann Bahr’s epochal study of the most contentious issue of his day was first issued in 1894, but his interviews with public figures of his era reveal tactics and positions that often feel highly contemporary. Now available in English for the first time, and it captures the moment when an ancient enmity assumed new force, the age of the Dreyfus Affair and Germany’s pre-Nazi peak in politicised race hate. Antisemitism is no echo chamber, with some respondents offering robust defence of prejudices that would have harrowing consequences in the 20th century. But with its conspiracy theories, babbling demagogues and demonised minorities, Bahr’s investigation is sadly all too relevant today. Find out more here.
Paperback to be published 21 October 2019
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