Against Remembrance by David Rieff

By David Rieff

Opposed to Remembrance poses not easy questions about the significance of collective reminiscence. Are occasions like ANZAC Day a vital a part of an honest public tradition? Can commissions on fact and reconciliation support treatment injustice and stop it in future-or are they almost always stumbling blocks to peace? Drawing on his adventure as a conflict correspondent and bringing to undergo a powerful clutch of heritage, David Rieff explores the position of reminiscence within the defining occasions of modern instances, together with the origins and aftermath of struggle and ethnic detoxification in former Yugoslavia, the malign inheritance of apartheid in South Africa and the preferrred crime of the Holocaust.'---John grey, writer of Black Mass

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The Cuban-American writer Orlando other memory but the memory of wounds' . If he is even partly right, then it should be obvious that embedding Ricardo Menes has written that ' idyllic memories are a those memories in the context of the sacred-to use Nora's jeweled noose'. It took at least fifty years for the Cuban­ American diaspora to loosen its hold. That exile has gotten language-is likely to lead to a veneration, not to say to the idolatry, of one's own individual and collective suffering a bad press.

But the need for democracy was simply add that collective memory also functions as an escape and more pressing for more people (though not for the families as an idyll, and, above all, as licence for nostalgia. Indeed, of the dictatorship's victims) than the need for justice. to remember the historical past is all but inevitably to sail While it was anything but inevitable, eight years later into that dangerous narrow channel in which one has to 72 73 AGAINST REMEMBRANCE DAVID RIEFF navigate between the Scylla of nostalgia and the Charybdis Czeslaw Milosz said that 'It is possible that there is no of grievance, neither of which is 'historical' in any proper sense of the term.

There was before he starved himself to death on the sixty-sixth day of realpolitik at work; but, at the same time, you knew you the hunger strike he had organised among the Republican were witnessing something like a sacred drama'. l'\CE As Heaney knows better than anyone, sacred drama is history, and not a particularly long one at that. I want to the antithesis of any decent politics. In the sacred, there emphasise again that we are not talking about folklore is no compromise. But politics without compromise is here or the enshrined customs of peasant societies, which invariably totalitarian.

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