The Angel of History: A Novel Quotes

Rabih Alameddine
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I tell you, Arabs make my life worth living, such pleasure they have given me through the years, just as much as Jews. Arab Jews are the best, of course, their lives full of suffering and dying and no little whining, Yemeni Jews, my my.
-- Death  (Section 1, Satan’s Interviews – Death)

Importance: There is an intriguing ambiguity about this quote, having to do with its ambiguity about whether the ethno-cultural communities Death is referring to give him pleasure because they CAUSE death, because they EXPERIENCE death in a particular way, or both. This ambiguity of perspective seems to have the potential to trigger controversy - in spite of the fact that the author is of Arab origin, the statement here can be seen as playing into contemporary stereotypes of Arabs as killers and terrorists.

I don't know why I tell you all this about me, I need to, I guess, but with this need to tell comes...
-- Jacob (Narration) (Section 1, Jacob’s Journals – The Congenital Immigrant)

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