Stranger in a Strange Land

- Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem

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Stranger in a Strange Land
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Format:
Bog, paperback
Udgivelsesdato:
02-08-2018
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
528
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Gershom Scholem, the great humanist thinker and founder of modern Kabbalah, is all but forgotten today. But here, in a biography as daring and inquisitive as its subject, George Prochnik goes in search of Scholem, restoring the reputation of a vital intellectual and finding in his work a vision with the power to reinvigorate contemporary religious and political thought. Tracing Scholem's life from his upbringing in Berlin, where he experienced a close and transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, Prochnik reveals how Scholem's frustration with the bourgeois ideology of Germany during WWI led him to discover mystic Judaism, Kabbalah, and, finally, Zionism. But having emigrated to what was to become Israel, Scholem again found himself a 'stranger in a strange land', ill at ease with a prevailing conservative form of Zionism. Prochnik follows Scholem to the modern Holy Land - only to find that he too is disillusioned by the state politics he encounters. But through his profound study of Scholem and his own experience of Jerusalem, Prochnik not only questions the ideological and religious constructs of Jerusalem, but finds an ethical way forward, showing how a new form of pluralism might energize Jewish thought.

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Udgivelsesdato:
02-08-2018
ISBN13:
9781783781805
Vægt:
435 g
Dybde:
31 mm
Bredde:
129 mm
Højde:
198 mm
Forlag:
Granta Books
Format:
Paperback
Forfattere
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse A daring, singular biography of one of the great forgotten thinkers of the 20th century - Gershom Scholem, the founder of modern Kabbalah.

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