James Edward Johnson

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Margot Lurie’s ‘I, Terrorist’ is not a personal confession.

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My reading list is light on fiction.  But, when I do read fiction, I look for those stories that will enhance my creative thinking around much of the nonfiction that I read.  Recently, I have been reading Daniel Silva’s work, in large part because he draws on a fair amount of knowledge about terrorism and counter-terrorism.  However, my reading has  only touched the larger genre of terrorism/counter-terrorism fiction.

For anyone interested in the genre more broadly, Margot Lurie has an excellent review of three books in the just released Jewish Review of Books.  Not only does she examine the books, but she draws in the connection between them and the real world.  Here is one of her observations:

There are many such stories in the New York Police Department’s 2007 report, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.” Its pages are filled with example after example of young men like Shahzad who have embraced, and acted on, a murderous jihadi-Salafi ideology, mostly in a progression whose four stages the NYPD calls pre-radicalization, self-identification, indoctrination, and jihadization. It is a novelistic arc, and it is fitting that several contemporary novelists have taken it up. In doing so, they have given us a new kind of antihero, a ripped-from-the-headlines young man, raised in the West, affluent, smart, idealistic, who works out his salvation through other people’s fear and trembling.

via I, Terrorist > Publications > Jewish Review of Books.

Access to the article is restricted, but if you aren’t a subscriber to JRB, maybe you should be …


Written by JamesEJ

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

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