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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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An Angel I Borrowed

An Angel I Borrowed

To Mahmoud Darwish

Chapter:
(p.153) An Angel I Borrowed
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Aloni Udi

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0028

In this tribute to Mahmoud Darwish, the author talks about an angel he claims he borrowed from Walter Benjamin. In Israel, he says he began to hear a voice, a voice that arose from him when alone, “a voice of myself from myself to myself, not allowing me to sleep.” At night in a Tel Aviv hotel, he claims he turns into “a female Jewish singer of Arab origins, graceful and beautiful, singing in Arabic and Hebrew.” Unable to fall asleep, the author sends her, in his image, in her image, to dream about an angel he borrowed from Benjamin.

Keywords:   angel, Mahmoud Darwish, Walter Benjamin, Israel, voice, Tel Aviv, hotel, Arabic, Hebrew, singer

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