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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Lords of Peace, Lords of War : the Master and the Terrorist in Child's Play by David Malouf
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This paper argues that the terrorist embodies a dominator paradigm, exalting and justifying violence, while the Master’s capacity to create through his narratives is attuned to a partnership paradigm. The terrorist’s paranoid, lucid, and terse first person narration of his meticulous (almost religious) preparations for the assassination is set against the intensely poetical creativity of the Master, underlining the beauty and poetry of life. This dialogue between two different modes of perceiving and filtering reality is built around the metaphor of children playing. In a willing suspension of disbelief, the Master, like a child, constructs his own reality in imagining worlds his readers share. The terrorist tries to imitate and mimic his Master, perfectly aware that he is unable to create like him. The actualisation of his long-imagined violence, which can only annihilate and destroy and is powerless, is his failed attempt at counterbalancing his lack of true creative and dialogic imagination.

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    y separately published work icon Le Simplegadi Interrogating the Representations of Peace and War in English Literature/s : Theories, Texts, History and Social Practices no. 15 April 2016 9740186 2016 periodical issue 2016 pg. 6-15 Section: Articles
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