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Verso 978 1 84467 366 7 Israel and Palestine smallLessons in justice and fairness from a no-nonsense historian is the latest in Robert Fisk’s World. The piece begins:

Let us now praise famous men and their fathers that begat them. The famous man – he should be much more famous – is the Israeli historian Avi Shlaim whose wonderful “reappraisals, revisions and refutations” is coming out in September under the simple title: Israel and Palestine.”

Professor Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations is coming soon.

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Ernst Bloch’s Atheism in Christianity, published with Peter Thompson’s authoritative and engaging introduction , was Nicholas Lezard’s choice in the Guardian Review.

Lezard’s review, ‘The world turned upside down’, calls Atheism in Christianity “exhilarating to read … resonant withAtheism.qxd:Philosophy pb DEMY urgency, recalling the sonorous, aphoristic qualities of Nietzsche or Schopenhauer, in whose tradition he follows …”. Lezard continues:

Bloch’s central obsession was with utopia, which here manifests itself not as a prescriptive idea but as an  inquiry into what the very existence of religion implies regarding the oppressive nature of society, and existence. What we get here is so far removed from the traditional pieties of pulpit or homily that you can at times feel as if the world has been turned upside down. … “Thought-provoking” hardly begins to cover it.”

Read the full article here.

Peter Thompson will be taking part in a panel discussion at Birkbeck College, London on Saturday 17th October. The event is centred around Atheism in Christianity, taking its title from one of its epigraphs, ‘Only an atheist can be a good Christian; only a Christian can be a good atheist’. Further details to be announced soon.

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Verso 9781844671076 Future Of The ImageLaura Hayhurst-France reviews The Future of the Image for Tribune:

‘Rancière tackles problematically political nature of artistic image in paintings, film and literature’

Jacques Rancière’s latest work represents an enjoyably multifarious rescue of the artistic image: a rescue from both the communicative impotence to which it is sentenced by the cynicism of mass media-driven life and the other-worldly autonomy to which it is elevated by the reactionary romantic.”

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