Mocking the Enemy:Freud and Rushdie

Julio Pino jpino at
Sun Oct 15 11:45:27 MDT 2000

This interview reminded me of two tales:
1. When the Nazis occupied Vienna in 1938 the Gestapo asked Freud to sign a
letter telling the world he would be well treated after the Anschluss.
Sigmund rapidly wrote a note that said: "I heartily recommend the Gestapo
to everybody."
2. Salman Rushdie savagely caricatured the leader of the Hindu
fundamentalist group RSS, a chap with the odd last name of Thackeray, in
his novel, THE MOOR"S LAST SIGH.It's a good thing for Rushdie Hinduism
doesn't have Fatwas!
Julio Cesar

>(From John Lacny's egroups Marxism list)
>Everyone ought to get a kick out of this one. I found this in a transcript
>of an interview that Salman Rushdie did with Edward Said back in 1986 ("On
>Palestinian Identity: A Conversation with Edward Said," in Salman Rushdie,
>*Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-91*, London: Penguin,
>1991). During the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the Israelis used to
>put captured Palestinian guerrillas on the air for propaganda purposes.
>During the interview from which the following excerpt was taken, the
>guerrilla turned the tables on the interviewer, satirizing the entire
>counterinsurgent worldview mercilessly

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