He should go to live in Europe as a "citizen of the world"; that way he can more freely (mis-)interpret the novels of those beautiful souls who (supposedly) don't have a past and a culture they cherish and to which they feel responsible. He can live happily ever after, ridiculing alongside his new friends the stupid Jewish people who do have such a past. Krauss deserves better than this overdetermined reading. Yes, she knows the past is heavy and life offers no easy answers, good for her; but she is not "warn[ing] against the tyranny of collective attempts at keeping the past alive." This is a cliche taken straight out of the Diaspora Mentality Script. Strenger may wish that Israelis divest themselves of the past so his political fantasies of making Arabs love Jews can come true. The problem is, to loosely paraphrase a novelist far superior to Krauss, that the past is not even past.
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from the article: Nicole Krauss protests against the duty of loyalty to Jewish history