No Passion Spent: Essays 1978-1995

Paperback | March 30, 1998

byGEORGE STEINER

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George Steiner is one of the preeminent essayists and literary thinkers of our era. In this remarkable book he concerns himself with language and the relation of language to literature and to religion. Written during a period when the art of reading and the status of a text have been threatened by literary movements that question their validity and by computer technology, Steiner's essays affirm the primacy of reading in the classical sense.

Steiner covers a wide range of subjects, from the Hebrew Bible, Homer, and Shakespeare to Kafka, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil, Husserl, and Freud. The theme of Judaism's tragic destiny winds through his thinking, in particular as he muses about whether Jewish scripture and the Talmud are the Jew's true homeland, the parallels between the "last supper" of Socrates and the Last Supper of Jesus, and the necessity for Christians to hold themselves accountable for their invective and impotence during the Holocaust.

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George Steiner--one of the preeminent essayists and literary thinkers of our era--addresses issues of language and the relation of language to literature and to religion. He covers a wide range of subjects from Homer and Shakespeare to Jewish scripture, religious tradition, and the effects of the Holocaust

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George Steiner is one of the preeminent essayists and literary thinkers of our era. In this remarkable book he concerns himself with language and the relation of language to literature and to religion. Written during a period when the art of reading and the status of a text have been threatened by literary movements that question their...

George Steiner was born in 1929 in Paris, but also lived in Vienna and New York. Steiner was a critic, novelist, philosopher, translator, and educator. Currently, he is a professor at Cambridge University and the University of Geneva. He has written for the New Yorker for over thirty years and has published the books No Passion Spent, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:March 30, 1998Publisher:Yale University Press

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George Steiner--one of the preeminent essayists and literary thinkers of our era--addresses issues of language and the relation of language to literature and to religion. He covers a wide range of subjects from Homer and Shakespeare to Jewish scripture, religious tradition, and the effects of the Holocaust