Parallels and Paradoxes by Edward W. Said
Explorations in Music and Society

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These free-wheeling, often exhilarating dialogues—which grew out of the acclaimed Carnegie Hall Talks—are an exchange between two of the most prominent figures in contemporary culture: Daniel Barenboim, internationally renowned conductor and pianist, and Edward W. Said, eminent literary critic and impassioned commentator on the Middle East. Barenboim is an Argentinian-Israeli and Said a Palestinian-American; they are also close friends.

As they range across music, literature, and society, they open up many fields of inquiry: the importance of a sense of place; music as a defiance of silence; the legacies of artists from Mozart and Beethoven to Dickens and Adorno; Wagner’s anti-Semitism; and the need for “artistic solutions” to the predicament of the Middle East—something they both witnessed when they brought young Arab and Israeli musicians together. Erudite, intimate, thoughtful and spontaneous, Parallels and Paradoxes is a virtuosic collaboration.

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About Edward W. Said

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Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was the music critic for the "Nation" and is the author of numerous books, including "Music at the Limits," "Musical Elaborations," "Beginnings: Intention and Method," and "Humanism and Democratic Criticism.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Renowned pianist and conductor Barenboim, currently general music director of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, comes from a Russian Jewish family transplanted to Argentina and Israel. Said (<EMPHASI

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