A pair of histories show the unprecedented effects of two technologies of terror.
On Suicide Bombing (Wellek Library Lectures)
by Talal Asad
Columbia University Press
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In the files of the Atlas Group, an “imaginary foundation” co-created and administered by the Lebanese artist Walid Raad “whose purpose is to collect, produce, and archive documents of the Lebanese civil wars,” there are nearly one hundred black-and-white photographs chronicling the wreckage of a fraction of the 3,641 car bombs set off in Lebanon between 1975 and 1991. “The only part that remains intact after a car bomb