Israel Diary: The Jewish State through the eyes of a Goy
Author: Nicola Seu
Date Of Publication: Sep 2010
The author’s travel starts with university books. After an intense student career, he realizes it is time to gain first-hand knowledge of that controversial Land, walk in its streets, talk its language so distant and unfamiliar to Nicola's background. What is a country that still has not delineated his own borders like? How can people live among tensions and violent contrasts?
Questions like these pushed the author to leave his beloved Mitteleuropa, without a clearly defined project. The discovery begins with Tel-Aviv, where East does not seem to be present, and West seems to dominate people’s life. In Jerusalem, Kippot and orthodox Jews pullulate reminding that Reality in this part of the world is always so variegated. Black, brown, blonde girls, different faces and colours are all here to testify the complexity and multi-ethnicity of a world which, with the help of his friend and guide David, the author tries to run from north to south in order to understand it and to report on it.
Nicola Seu was born in Sassari in 1978. After graduating in Arabic Language and Culture at Universitá di Sassari, he moved to England where he obtained an MA in Middle Eastern Studies. He attended courses in Arabic in Egypt, and studied Hebrew at the University of Haifa. He is currently working on his PhD project at the Hauptuniversität of Vienna on political relationships between Europe and Israel.
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From Border States in the Work of Tom Mac Intyre: A Paleo-Postmodern Perspective
''Catriona Ryan has more than achieved what she set out to do.She has emphatically presented Tom Mac Intyre as a writer with a distinctive voice who not only provides a crucial link in the chain that goes back through Kavanagh to Yeats, but as a bridging figure, a transgressive author whose reflections on the Irish literary scene, and on writing more generally, have much to tell us about the ways in which constrictive critical currents can cut off living literary streams. It is clear from Catriona Ryan's painstaking excavation that Mac Intyre has been wrongly neglected. Her thoughtful and perceptive critical intervention will remedy that wrong.''
- Willy Maley, Litteraria Pragensia, 22:44 (2013), 131-134, p. 134.
“This is a critically independent piece of work that very much constructs and defines its own project, and maps an intellectual terrain of its own. It is an impressively original and also critically self-assured piece. It is marked by a sense of intellectual brio and also by the excitement of discovery.”
– Dr Steven Vine, Swansea University
“Since Tom Mac Intyre is a writer and dramatist who has received very little critical attention, this work intervenes in an under-researched area and offers an innovative and valuable extension of the frontier of knowledge in the field of Irish literary and dramatic studies.”
– Dr Aidan Arrowsmith, Manchester Metropolitan University