Literary publications

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The Barenboim-Said Foundation has collaborated with the Spanish publishing house Debate in the publication of the following works in Spanish by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim:

'The Question of Palestine', by Edward W. Said

This original and deeply provocative book was the first to make Palestine the subject of a serious debate–one that remains as critical as ever. With the rigorous scholarship he brought to his influential Orientalism and an exile’s passion (he is Palestinian by birth), Edward W. Said traces the fatal collision between two peoples in the Middle East and its repercussions in the lives of both the occupier and the occupied–as well as in the conscience of the West. He has updated this landmark work to portray the changed status of Palestine and its people in light of such developments as the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the intifada, the Gulf War, and the ongoing MIddle East peace initiative. For anyone interested in this region and its future, The Question of Palestine remains the most useful and authoritative account available.

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'Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society' by Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim

These free-wheeling, often exhilarating dialogues—which grew out of the acclaimed Carnegie Hall Talks—are an exchange between two of the most prominent figures in contemporary culture: Daniel Barenboim, internationally renowned conductor and pianist, and Edward W. Said, eminent literary critic and impassioned commentator on the Middle East. Barenboim is an Argentinian-Israeli and Said a Palestinian-American; they are also close friends.

As they range across music, literature, and society, they open up many fields of inquiry: the importance of a sense of place; music as a defiance of silence; the legacies of artists from Mozart and Beethoven to Dickens and Adorno; Wagner’s anti-Semitism; and the need for “artistic solutions” to the predicament of the Middle East—something they both witnessed when they brought young Arab and Israeli musicians together in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Erudite, intimate, thoughtful and spontaneous, Parallels and Paradoxes is a virtuosic collaboration.

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'Music at the limit. Three Decades of Essays and Articles on Music', by Edward W.Said. With a foreword by Daniel Barenboim.

Music at the Limits is the first book to bring together three decades of Edward W. Said’s essays and articles on music. Addressing the work of a variety of composers, musicians, and performers, Said carefully draws out music’s social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically trained pianist, provides rich and often surprising assessments of classical music and opera.

Said wrote his incisive critiques as both an insider and an authority. He saw music as a reflection of his ideas on literature and history and paid close attention to its composition and creative possibilities. Eloquent and surprising, Music at the Limits preserves an important dimension of Said’s brilliant intellectual work and cements his reputation as one of the most influential and groundbreaking scholars of the twentieth century.

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'On late style: music and literature against the grain', by Edward W. Said

In this fascinating book, Edward Said looks at the creative contradictions that often mark the late works of literary and musical artists. Said shows how the approaching death of an artist can make its way into his work, examining essays, poems, novels, films, and operas by such artists as Beethoven, Genet, Mozart, Lampedusa, Euripides, Cavafy, and Mann, among others. He uncovers the conflicts and complexity that often distinguish artistic lateness, resulting in works that stood in direct contrast to what was popular at the time and were forerunners of what was to come in each artist’s discipline–works of true genius. Eloquent and impassioned, brilliantly reasoned and revelatory, On Late Style is Edward Said’s own great last work.

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'Musical Elaborations', by Edward W. Said

Filling a significant gap in contemporary cultural studies, Musical Elaborations examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of music. Incorporating the music criticism of Adorno, musical ideas from literary works by Proust, and criticism by Benjamin and de Man into his work, noted critic Edward W. Said discusses performers such as Glenn Gould, Arturo Toscanini, and Alfred Brendel and such composers as Beethoven, Wagner, and Strauss.

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'Representations of the Intellectual', by Edward W. Said

Edward W. Said here examines the ever-changing role of the intellectual today. In these six stunning essays – delivered on the BBC as the prestigious Reith Lectures – Said addresses the ways in which the intellectual can best serve society in the light of a heavily compromised media and of special interest groups who are protected at the cost of larger community concerns. Said suggests a recasting of the intellectual’s vision to resist the lures of power, money, and specialization. in these powerful pieces, Said eloquently illustrates his arguments by drawing on such writers as Antonio Gramsci, Jean-Paul Sartre, Regis Debray, Julien Benda, and Adorno, and by discussing current events and celebrated figures in the world of science and politics: Robert Oppenheimer, Henry Kissinger, Dan Quayle, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Said sees the modern intellectual as an editor, journalist, academic, or political adviser – in other words, a highly specialized professional – who has moved from a position of independence to an alliance with powerful institutional organizations. He concludes that it is the exile-immigrant, the expatriate, and the amateur who must uphold the traditional role of the intellectual as the voice of integrity and courage, able to speak out against those in power.

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'Humanism and Democratic Criticism' by Edward W. Said

Traditional humanistic education has been under assault for many years. In this, his final book, Edward Said argues that a more democratic form of humanism – one that aims to incorporate, emancipate, and enlighten – is still possible. Proposing an enhanced dialogue between cultural traditions as a strategy for revitalizing the humanities, Said contends that words are vital agents of historical and political change and that reading teaches people to continually question, upset, and reform. By considering the emerging social responsibilities of writers and intellectuals in an ever more interconnected world and pointing out that the canonized thinkers of today were yesterday’s revolutionaries, Said makes a persuasive case for humanistic education and a more democratic form of criticism.

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'Parallels and Paradoxes. Explorations in Music and Society' by Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim. Hebrew edition.

In 2006 the Barenboim-Said Foundation, in collaboration with the Israeli publishing house Am Oved Publishing Co., released the Hebrew edition of the work Parallels and Paradoxes. Explorations in Music and Society, written by Said and Barenboim.

It is the first time this work has ever been translated into Hebrew, and its publication by the Foundation and Am Oved is a step further to make this work known in Israel.

This book transcribes conversations between both authors about several topics, such as the differences between writing prose and music, politics trying to make deals and artists who only commit with their own art and, above all, about the power of culture to go beyond national barriers and political differences.


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