Lavie Tidhar on Masada Shall Not Fall Again: Faux-Realism, Parallel Histories, and the Fiction of Israel
World SF Editor-in-Chief Lavie Tidhar has a lengthy post on his blog entitled Masada Shall Not Fall Again: Faux-Realism, Parallel Histories, and the Fiction of Israel. Here’s an excerpt:
The State of Israel originates out of twin science fictional impulses: the utopian vision of Zionism on the one hand, as embodied in Theodor Hertzl’s the novel-as-manifesto Altenuland (Old New Land), and the dystopian imperative of the Holocaust.
As a State, and as a History, it had, since its inception, embarked on an ambitious and all-encompassing plan of cultural and historical revisionism. Amongst these we can include the eradication of Yiddish in favour of a revived (re-imagined, re-created) Hebrew; an ambitious plan of renaming (re-christening?) the land; the creation of a national and nationalistic sound track (as embodied in, for instance, Jerusalem of Gold, Ha’sela Ha’daom (Petra) but most of all in the national anthem, Hatikva (The Hope); and the creation of a body of mythos, a Matter of Israel, embodied most significantly in the revived image of Masada.
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