She doesn’t see in black and white

On a visit to Israel this week, author Jamaica Kincaid who converted to Judaism, spoke to the Haaretz Newspaper about her book ‘Mr. Potter’ and shared her views on race, identity and other related issues. Following is an excerpt.

This week, she visited Israel as the first guest of the Tel Aviv University Department of English’s “Writer in Residence” program. “Everyone I know told me not to go to Israel, including my children,” she said, clearly amused, in a lecture held on Tuesday at the university, “but a writer has to meet her readers, and it matters not where they happen to be.”

Kincaid, who frequently attends services at a Reform synagogue, was not so interested in talking about her conversion, or about issues of identity. “This issue comes up so much among people, identity. I don’t know if I believe in it,” she says. “I don’t write about being black, or being a Jew, because I don’t believe in that kind of group identity Read more >


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