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The Last Resistance

A bravura exploration of politics and writing in dark times
In The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives. In particular, she examines the role of literature in the Zionist imagination: here, literature is presented as a unique form of dissidence, with the power to expose the unconscious of nations, and often proposing radical alternatives to their dominant pathways and beliefs.

While Israel–Palestine is the repeated focus, The Last Resistance also turns to post-apartheid South Africa, to American national fantasy post-9/11, and to key moments for the understanding of Jewish culture and memory. Rose also underscores the importance of psychoanalysis, both historically in relation to the unfolding of world events, and as a tool of political understanding.

Examining topics ranging from David Grossman, through W.G. Sebald, Freud, Nadine Gordimer, the concept of evil, and suicide bombers, The Last Resistance offers a unique way of responding to the crises of the times.

Reviews

  • “A breathtakingly refined textual analysis sustains a passionate, ethical and political engagement in the ongoing Near East crisis. This alone makes her a model of what a public intellectual should be.”
  • “Jacqueline Rose has written what can only be called a masterpiece of scholarship and thought … a work of stunning insight and moral courage. Destined to become a standard in the field, it will have a profound and lasting impact.”
  • “In The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose uses her knowledge of literature, psychoanalysis, and politics to brilliantly illuminating effect … Stimulating and thought-provoking, it deserves to be read widely.”
  • “It takes a fierce shell of courage to speak out, as Jacqueline Rose does here … She is a fine, original scholar.”
  • “A passionate celebration of Jewish thought and writing … an original, innovative survey of some of the deeper dynamics at play within Zionism.”
  • “Explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives.”
  • “Deeply absorbing.”
  • “Hard-hitting.”

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    Our Radical Thinkers series publishes beautifully designed editions of important works of theory and philosophy. The latest set focuses on four classic works of Jewish thought from Gillian Rose, Jacqueline Rose, Isaac Deutscher and Michael Löwy.

    These books are 40% off until April 25. Click here to activate your discount.

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  • The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Reading List

    On Friday 23rd December the UN passed a resolution demanding a stop to Israeli settlement in the occupied territories as, in a shock move, the US refused to veto the resolution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exploded, calling it a 'declaration of war' (having recently been granted a $38 billion military aid package by the US), and Secretary of State John Kerry criticised Israel's approach to the peace process. But with Trump tweeting that Israel should 'stay strong' until his inauguration, progress still seems unlikely.

    Verso presents a list of books from Israeli, Palestinian, and anti-imperialist authors, to explain the conflict and provide some perspectives on the future. 

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  • Margaret Thatcher's funeral: an act of coercion


    By Jacqueline Rose

    Orginally published at Comment is Free

    She is not to be mourned. Which does not mean, either, that we should be dancing on her grave. Nor that grief is inappropriate for those who may have been close to her. Indeed, on such matters, no one has the right to pronounce. But she should not be mourned publicly, as if the British people were united in respect for one of the most divisive political figures in modern history.

    The funeral planned for Margaret Thatcher – a state funeral in all but name – is an act of coercion and a masquerade. It will be pretending, at a time when the social divisions of her legacy have never been more acute, that on this at least the British are at one. Worse, it will be proclaiming that image of false unity to the whole world. As if, for the space of a day, we are all meant to take time off from the cruel and increasing forms of inequality, the self-regarding ethos, the worship of money, that she left behind. If we should be grieving, it must surely be for what, partly but decisively because of her, we as a people have let ourselves become.

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