Raymond Deane

Palestine's song sings on in "A Bird is Not a Stone"

Raymond Deane
25 June 2014

Well-known Celtic writers give their backing to translations of Palestinian verse.

New book explores how Palestine "lost its history"

Raymond Deane
6 March 2013

Palestine may be unique: after the imperial powers retreated, it suffered a fresh colonization.

Magic realism with footnotes: novelist Nasrallah creates a genre of his own

Raymond Deane
28 July 2012
Ibrahim Nasrallah’s Time of White Horses is a bewildering labyrinth of a book, yet its very untidiness conveys a powerful sense of the textures of place, time and custom of Palestine’s history.

Poem sparks debate about whether Germany should absolve Israel's crimes

Raymond Deane
9 April 2012
Whatever the literary qualities of Günter Grass’s poem, it testifies to his lingering literary eminence that it has engendered such a colossal backlash, to the point that he has now been banned from Israel.

Salaita skewers liberalism in "Israel's Dead Soul"

Raymond Deane
10 June 2011
Steven Salaita is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech who has written several books on the failure of liberal civil rights discourse to counter anti-Arab racism, particularly in the United States. In his new book, Israel’s Dead Soul, he evaluates the potential complicity between enlightened ideals and their opposite.

Book review: Waiting for redemption in "The Hour of Sunlight"

Raymond Deane
30 March 2011


The Hour of Sunlight chronicles the life of Sami Al Jundi, former supervisor of the Seeds of Peace Center in Jerusalem. But the book doesn’t deliver on its promise to show readers “the path to a resolution” of the conflict.

Book review: From mourning to mobilization

Raymond Deane
26 January 2011


Ronit Lentin is an Israeli-born academic and novelist now based in Ireland, where she teaches sociology at Trinity College, Dublin. She describes her latest book, Co-memory and Melancholia: Israelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba, as “a reflection on the contested relations between commemoration and appropriation from the standpoint of a member of the perpetrators’ collectivity, whose politics align her with the colonized.”

Book review: An Israeli academic's struggle against McCarthyism

Raymond Deane
17 November 2010


The Israeli historian Ilan Pappé’s new memoir Out of the Frame manages to link Pappé’s personal struggle against Israeli McCarthyism with a broader struggle for human and political rights of which academic freedom is merely one aspect. Raymond Deane reviews for The Electronic Intifada.

Review: Norwegian doctors' "Eyes in Gaza"

Raymond Deane
26 September 2010


Eyes in Gaza is a detailed and harrowing account by the Norwegian doctors Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse of their experiences in al-Shifa Hospital during Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009.

Art as resistance: "Against the Wall" reviewed

Raymond Deane
30 August 2010


London-based journalist and photographer William Parry’s Against the Wall serves as both a political and aesthetic document, perhaps exemplifying the German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s famous thesis that “[t]here is no document of culture that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.”


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