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Homi K. Bhabha: The times are out of joint, perhaps never more so than when we are seduced by that decade-end desire to say, One last time, what was the great work of the ’90s? The ’90s began in the late late ’80s with the big bang of The Satanic Verses, and the decade dribbles on with small arms sniping around an elephant-dung madonna. In between times, we realize how powerful is the appeal to religious orthodoxy; how insecure our sense of the secular; how fragile any idea of global cultural understanding; how the politics of art rarely lies in the artifice itself, but all around it, in the machinations of mayors or the pieties of priests; how the translations and juxtapositions of the postcolonial artist establish hybrid agendas that properly confuse the old and the new, combine the avant-garde and the avant la lettre, and question the synchrony and homogeneity of “the present,” “the

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