The Pen and the Sword

The Pen and the Sword

By Edward W. Said, with David Barsamian, Introduction by Eqbal Ahmad



Edward W. Said is interviewed here on a range of subjects: from V.S. Naipaul’s and Joseph Conrad’s depictions of colonialism and empire in their novels, to the links between the Palestinian and South African struggles, to questions about the effectiveness of Yassar Arafat’s leadership.

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Edward Said is among those rare persons in whose life there is coincidence of ideals and reality, a meeting of abstract principle and individual behavior.

– Eqbal Ahmad