By Navid Kermani
What connects Shiite ardour performs with Brecht?s drama? Which of Goethe?s poems have been encouraged through the Quran? How can Ibn Arabi?s theology of sighs clarify the performs of Heinrich von Kleist? And why did the Persian writer Sadeq Hedayat establish with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka?
?One who understands himself and others will right here too comprehend: Orient and Occident are not any longer separable?: during this new booklet, the severely acclaimed writer and student Navid Kermani takes Goethe at his notice. He reads the Quran as a poetic textual content, opens jap literature to Western readers, unveils the paranormal measurement within the works of Goethe and Kleist, and deciphers the political implications of theatre, from Shakespeare to Lessing to Brecht. Drawing outstanding comparisons among various literary traditions and cultures, Kermani argues for a literary cosmopolitanism that's against all those that might play religions and cultures opposed to each other, keeping apart them from each other by way of strength. among Quran and Kafka concludes with Kermani?s speech on receiving Germany?s optimum literary prize, an impassioned plea for higher fraternity within the face of the tyranny and terrorism of Islamic State.
Kermani?s own assimilation of the classics supplies his paintings that topical urgency that distinguishes common literature whilst it speaks to our so much intimate emotions. For, after all, love too lies ?between Quran and Kafka?.
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