Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Call for novels

As part of an Independence Day special, Haaretz has a story on the Dreyfus Affair, which apparently centered around a "document torn into six parts, 'le dorbereau.'" Bordereau, but close enough--Alon Hilu's article is worth taking a look at. Apparently if the bordereau hadn't set forth a whole series of events, things might be much better now for the Palestinians. The argument doesn't make too much sense, but Hilu's audience is not historians or others who take things literally but rather "writers, journalists and people with imagination." If Philip Roth feels like turning Hilu's counterfactual history into a novel, I'd be the first on line at the Strand....

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