No single book has encompassed the vast scope of Edward Said's erudition quite like Power, Politics and Culture - a collection of his interviews from the last three decades. In these twenty-nine interviews, Said addresses everything from Palestine to Pavarotti, from his nomadic upbringing under colonial rule to his politically active and often controversial life in America, and reflects on Austen, Beckett, Conrad, Naipaul, Mahfouz and Rushdie as well as fellow critics Bloom, Derrida and Foucault. Said speaks here with his usual candour, acuity and eloquence - confirming that he was in his lifetime among the truly most important intellects of our century.
Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was born in Jerusalem, brought up in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in America. In 1963, he began to teach at Columbia University as Professor of English and Comparative Literature . He wrote twenty-three books which include the seminal Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and Parallels and Paradoxes with Daniel Barenboim, also published by Bloomsbury.