The Protocols of the Elders of Sodom

Published by Verso, 2009

Provocative and witty essays on the giants of world literature

Written over the last four decades, these provocative essays and diary entries explore the links between literature, history and politics. Training a critical, imaginative and occasionally a satirical eye on the works of varied writers—including Cervantes, Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce, Musil, Roth, Powell, Platonov, Solzhenitsyn, Grossman, Munif, Goytisolo and Rushdie—Ali discusses common themes as well as polarities, first impressions and re-readings, always seeking to contextualize the text in the political and historical milieu of its creation. Inviting the reader to share in the frustrations and pleasures of world literature and showcasing Ali’s range and polemical verve, this collection will be sure to attract critical attention and a wide readership.

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Reviews: The Independent, Scotland on Sunday, The Socialist Review

From the archive

  • ‘Venezuela: Changing the World by Taking Power’

    July 15, 2004

    ‘Venezuela: Changing the World by Taking Power’, and interview with Tariq Ali by Claudia Jardim and Jonah Gindin for Venezuela Analysis, July 22, 2004

    How do you explain the explosion in social movements against neoliberalism in Latin America?

    I think the reason for this is that Latin America was used as a laboratory by the United States for a long, long time. Everything the US wanted was experimented in Latin America first. When they wanted military—on the political level—when they wanted to crush popular movements by unleashing military dictatorships they did it in Latin America first: Brazil, Argentina, Chile; three of the most brutal dictatorships we have seen. Then, after the collapse of the communist enemy, they relaxed on the political front but they got Latin America in a grip economically, and they said ‘this is the only way  …

  • Entrevista a Tariq Alí para ‘El Viejo Topo’

    April 2, 2008

    An interview with Tariq Ali by Joan Benach and López Arnal for El viejo topo, April 2008

    Tariq Alí es un conocido intelectual, escritor, historiador, cineasta y activista paquistaní, autor de libros de historia y política así como de varias novelas. Alí escribe habitualmente para revistas y periódicos como The Guardian, Monthly Review, o Z Magazine y es editor y asiduo colaborador de sinpermiso y New Left Review.

    Entre sus libros más recientes cabe citar: El choque de los fundamentalismos: cruzadas, yihads y modernidad (Alianza editorial, 2004), Bush en Babilonia: la recolonización de Iraq (Alianza editorial, 2005), Años de lucha en la calle. Una autobiografía de los sesenta (Foca, 2007) y Piratas del caribe. El eje de la esperanza (Foca, 2008). Durante su reciente visita a Barcelona a principios de abril, en compañía del periodista y escritor Richard  …