Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tariq Ali

I have recently read the four novels in Tariq Ali's Islam Quartet, set in southern Spain, Sicily, Istanbul and Jerusalem. (The Stone Woman, The Book of Saladin, A Sultan in Palermo, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree)
Here is Tariq Ali, interviewed in the recent issue of Adbusters, giving his advice to young people: "Follow your instincts. When your instincts tell you there is something corrupt and disgusting about the way the political establishment operates, you're 100% right. But don't just say that. Try and do something about it: in the realm of culture, in the realm of protests, in the realm of literature, in the realm of theatre. Do alternative things, and don't be too scared that if you do that, you won't be able to find a job. It's so much easier, with the development of technology today, to produce a magazine or a cracking ten minute documentary. We couldn't do that in the '60's. It's a totally different world, and there are enormous, enormous opportunities which should be used."


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