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Chapter 5 Jews and the Novel: Aguinis’s Means to an End

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Evidencing his agenda of social responsibility coupled with reform as the combined blueprint for modernity, Marcos Aguinis explicitly takes Argentina and the modernizing countries of the Western world to task in his novels for being nations with specific histories of intolerance toward Jews. Stephen Sadow maintains that the second attack made the Jews of Argentina realize their vulnerability and marginality in a way that had physical and psychological impacts much greater than those experienced after the 1992 bombing alone. The attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires must be understood not only as a Jewish issue, but rather, as an attack on modern Latin America. Raised in an environment that fought militantly against pluralism, the Lebanese civil war left Dawud Habbif, an orphan, and positioned him to fight thereafter for vengeance against all those who attacked his views.

Keywords: Argentina; Buenos Aires; Dawud Habbif; Israeli Embassy; Jews; Latin America; Lebanese civil war; Marcos Aguinis; Stephen Sadow



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