Arnon Grunberg



Last night I saw the movie “District 9” with a friend. The friend squeezed my hand from time to time, it could have been a sign of affection but I guess it had more to do with the movie.
Movies with aliens are not my favorite pastime, but “District 9” is worth seeing despite the violence.
While watching the movie I thought of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan. For most NATO soldiers the people from Afghanistan are like aliens.
A.O. Scott wrote in the Times about this movie: “But if the film’s view of the world is bleak, it is not quite nihilistic. It suggests that sometimes the only way to become fully human is to be completely alienated.” It’s ironic that I remembered this sentence as: “The only way to become humane is to be less human.”