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Edward Said has long been considered one of the world’s most compelling public intellectuals, taking on a remarkable array of topics with his many publications. But no single book has encompassed the vast scope of his stimulating erudition quite like Power, Politics, and Culture, a collection of interviews from the last three decades.

In these twenty-eight interviews, Said...more
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Published December 18th 2007 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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I just can't recommend this highly enough. I hate to sound like a stereotypical liberal-hippie-multi-culti-Said-lover, but I couldn't put this book down. I like the interview format much more than the essay--you feel like you're engaged in a relaxed conversation with him, and his scholarly depth and breadth are astonishing. The guy knows how to communicate, and I refer back to this book a lot in critiquing all sorts of stuff.
Eman Emara
نفس عميق ،، أنهيت الكتاب
كتاب مرهق لازم تقرأه وانت قاعد علي جوجل عشان تراجع أسماء الكتاب اللي الكاتب ذكرهم
أو تقرأ النظريات اللي أشار إليها
النجمة الخامسة اللي ناقصة في التقييم مش لنقص أو عيب
لكن تقديرا للمواضيع اللي أنا مافهمتهاش أو لم تثر اهتمامي :)
Steven Salaita
In many ways, Said makes for a better interviewee than a political essayist.
stunning book. got me thinking about so many things beyond politics, power and culture. you dont have to believe evertthing that he says (though he does say it pretty damn eloquently) but the places he takes your mind is pretty cool. the book is about a series of interviews he has and his responses on some very interesting questions. it took me a while to get into the language of this and i found it a bit hard to start with but as it is slightly repetitive (not ina boring way at all) by the end...more
Interview collections always feel so incomplete. No real thesis comes out of them, and the reader just gets a very fragmentary notion of a writer's life and works. I feel like I should have read a bunch more Said before settling on these interviews, but that said, they were still quite enjoyable, even if they often repeated the same points. What comes out, again and again, is not only how original and provocative Said's arguments remain (something I expected before starting), but also what a goo...more
A collection of interviews spanning thirty years on everything from music and literary theory to the Gulf War and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Also a proof that Said was a better talker than writer.
Anas Abukhadijah
ادورد سعيد يشبه المركبات الكيمائية مركبة ومعقدة ومكثفة لكن اللهم ان ادورد سعيد جميل

ملاحظة : ان لم تكن من اولئك الذين اكلت الكتب من يومهم اكثر من النوم ستحتاج لصديقنا جوووجل لفهم كل شيء بدقة
Just starting on this book but so far he is a fascinating writer with a great breathe of literature under his belt.
Mahmoud Omar
قرأت مقدمة الكاتبة وفيها كلام جزل وجميل. يفترض أن أنهي الكتاب قبل نهاية رمضان، الكتاب قد يتنتهي، أما الأسئلة فلا.
Sandra Clark
Accessible interviews spanning many years of Said's work.
Very dense, but very good. Mr. Siad is amazing.
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Edisi Indonesia-nya terbitan Promothea.
3/4's of essays
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(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests w...more
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“Not one of our political spokespeople—the same is true of the Arabs since Abdel Nasser’s time—ever speaks with self-respect and dignity of what we are, what we want, what we have done, and where we want to go. In the 1956 Suez War, the French colonial war against Algeria, the Israeli wars of occupation and dispossession, and the campaign against Iraq, a war whose stated purpose was to topple a specific regime but whose real goal was the devastation of the most powerful Arab country. And just as the French, British, Israeli, and American campaign against Gamal Abdel Nasser was designed to bring down a force that openly stated as its ambition the unification of the Arabs into a very powerful independent political force.” 3 likes
“Out of this unstable mix of technocracy and national security you have a nostalgia developing for colonialism or religion—atavistic in my opinion, but some people want them back. Sadat is the great example of that: he threw out the Russians, as well as everything else that represented Abdel Nasser, ascendant nationalism, and so forth—and said, “Let the Americans come.” Then you have a new period of what in Arabic is called an infitah—in other words, an opening of the country to a new imperialism: technocratic management, not production but services—tourism, hotels, banking, etc. That’s where we are right now.” 1 likes
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