American Dervish: A Novel (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, Version intégrale
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"Whether you believe religion is a precious gift from God or the greatest scourge of mankind, you will find yourself represented in these pages. With brilliant storytelling and exquisitely balanced points of view, Ayad Akhtar creates characters who experience the rapture of religion but also have their lives ripped apart by it."―Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva
Présentation de l'éditeur
Mina is Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah's doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat's skeptical father can't deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family's Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina's side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.
When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.
American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with listeners long after they finish.
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Apart from that the story is fascinating because it concerns the crisscrossing conflicts in the mind of a Pakistani Muslim living in the USA and confronted to the fundamentalist Muslims in the Päkistani community in Milwaukee; then to the open American society that preaches autonomy, independence and self-building for every individual, though showing how only a small minority can succeed along that line; and finally to the Jewish community.
The fundamentalist Muslims consider submission to the authority of the Quran, to the father and to the husband is the center of life itself. Submission to a set of rules that are amplified by exile and a non-Muslim environment becomes a straightjacket that cannot be evaded not untied.
To succeed in American society you have to look after yourself and only respect one rule that is "Be successful!" The means are never very clear or clearly discussed. That side of the novel is in a way like a void and can give you a vertigo because the concrete reality of surviving or living in the USA is not explained or explored though kind of identified with the side effects of it, mistresses and alcohol.
The confrontation with the Jews is explored in details and it is definitely dramatic and traumatic. It all turns around verse 62 of Surah 2, The Cow. The prophet in this Surah tells the story of Israel and how they were made the chosen people by God and how they betrayed that God over and over again till they were rejected. And it is summarized by one fundamentalist as follows:
Disgrace and humiliation were stamped on the children of Israel
They earned the burden of God's wrath.
And all because they denied what God revealed.
They killed His messengers. They rebelled.
They did what was wrong. [...]
Evil is the pride for which they sold their own souls,
And rejected what God has revealed,
Jealous of others whom God chooses to favour.
They have earned the burden of God's wrath. Over and Over.
And that is were verse 62 seems to modify the meaning:
It is true: the faithful, those who follow the
Jewish faith, the Christians, the Sabians - all
who believe in God and the Last Day and do
right - these find reward with the Lord.
They will not fear. They will not grieve.
This weak verse of tolerance is at once tuned upside down into the reverse by the fundamentalist since the Jews and other infidels will have to first accept to live by the standards of Islamic law and Islam's God. They can remain Jewish provided they accept Islam's God authority.
The local Imam goes even farther when he preaches:
O Bani Israel!
Remember how I favored you.
Fulfill your promise to Me.
I will fulfil my promise to you.
Of Me Alone stand in awe!
Believe in what I have given.
Confirm the truth you know.
Be not the first to deny.
Do not give away My revelation for a trifling sum.
Of Me alone be aware. [...]
For disbelievers, warn them or not, it makes no difference.
They will not believe!
Allah has sealed their hearts and ears.
And veiled their eyes.
Great will be their punishment.
And the novel demonstrates the truth about this fundamentalism: Once a Jew always a Jew. You cannot convert or do whatever good you may do, because once a Jew always a Jew.
But at the same time, the main protagonists of the novel show how deeply the Jews and the Muslims are attracted to each other because deeply in their traditions they are much the same by origin. Not only do they have Abraham or Ibrahim in common, but they also have the same conception of God and the same direct relation with Him. Between the two there could be love and even living together in peace if it were not for some deeply impressed and rooted racist and segregationist principle that makes Jews believe that common life is impossible and the Muslims believe that common life is unacceptable because of the Palestinians, the state of Israel, and so many other details of history that correspond to the deepest dramas of at least twenty centuries of human history.
Apart from tat this novel is a fascinating love story of unsatisfied love though it is totally recognized and respected, even when officially rejected. A love affair doomed to fail and yet to survive its failure.
On the other hand it is the long shameful painful confession of a child and teenager about his mistakes amounting to crimes from a purely human point of view. But what is a child in the grip of the ruthless fundamentalism of exiled Muslims? Just fodder for the dust-making machine of frantic fanatics who are successful in the USA only by rejecting their own principles that are made even more fundamental in their private life and their religious practice. In other words they are plain hypocrites and renegades.
An interesting attempt at understanding an aggiornamento that is agitating the Muslim community all over the world where it is constantly confronted with the famous market economy that does not respect - by definition - the Sharia, the Islamic law that should govern all, absolutely all aspects of life, as it auto-self-proclaims.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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What I found most intriguing about this book was its view of Islam; at some points I felt the book was an apologetic for it and at other times a diatribe against it. Reflecting back on it all, I now see it simply as an excellent example of Islam in all its rich diversity and complexity. Those who view Islam monolithically as a religion that is violent and hateful will be disappointed with this book, as will those who view Islam as a religion of peace and brotherly love.
My perception of Muslims after reading this book is not all that different from my evaluation of Christians: sometimes they are wonderful, sometimes they are terrible, and sometimes they are simply human.
But there are also dervishes who chant, and those who renounce all earthly pleasures - ascetics who seek to abnegate any sense of selfhood, and who aspire to make themselves indistinguishable from the dust in the ground. This spiritual stance and world view is the polar opposite of the American cult of personality and individualism. In this novel, two characters demonstrate aspects of dervish behavior, the protagonist, Hayat, and his enchanting young aunt, Mina. Does Mina allow herself to be ground into dust, or is she fulfilling her destiny or her choices in life?
It is clear from this novel, from "Disgraced," and from interviews that the author has granted that he struggles with coming to grips with aspects of traditional fundamentalist Muslim doctrine that he sees as atavistic, misogynistic and paternalistic. His intellectual journey reminds me of that of Roger L. Martin of the University of Toronto, in his seminal work ""Opposable Mind." The author rejects false dichotomies, and posits that the best leaders and the best thinkers do not settle for imperfect Choice A vs. imperfect Choice B, but dig deeper to discover an integrative less imperfect Choice C or beyond. In this sense, Hayat's journey, and that of Mr. Akhtar, represent a form of Hegelian dialectic, moving from the thesis of fundamentalism to the antithesis of atheism to the synthesis of some form of reasoned spirituality. During the journeys that Hayat and Mina take, the author treats issues of Anti-semitism, the paternalistic roots of the three Abrahamic faiths, the role of women in Islam and in America, the many routes one may choose on the way to self-discovery, the sacrifices one may choose to make to protect those we love.
It is the default setting of this provocative author not to offer facile answers, but to pose "a more beautiful question" that causes the reader to pause, to consider, to ruminate, and to begin to see things in a new light.
I am off to order another one of Mr. Akhtar's thrilling works of art.
As for the book itself, I really enjoyed it. The writing is good, but occasionally a little unsubtle. It read fast. The author says it was cut to about half its original length, and I suspect that editing helped a lot. I really got the sense that I learned something of the Muslim experience in a thoughtful young man. The book was also a coming of age tale. It reminded me of my own youth in some ways, in a Christian tradition, and led me to reflect on the development of sexuality and religious fervor, and how the two may be connected. And it made me think of the development of fanaticism, something many adolescents may dabble with, though most do not adopt for long. Overall, I think it is an enjoyable read, which also touches on some very important topics.