Stranger In A Strange Land: Searching For Gershom Scholem And Jerusalem

byGeorge ProchnikRead byDavid Stifel

June 20, 2017|
Stranger In A Strange Land: Searching For Gershom Scholem And Jerusalem by George Prochnik
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Taking his lead from his subject, Gershom Scholem - the 20th-century thinker who cracked open Jewish theology and history with a radical reading of Kabbalah - Prochnik combines biography and memoir to counter our contemporary political crisis with an original and urgent reimagining of the future of Israel.

In Stranger in a Strange Land, Prochnik revisits the life and work of Gershom Scholem, whose once prominent reputation as a Freud-like interpreter of the inner world of the cosmos has been in eclipse in the United States. He vividly conjures Scholem''s upbringing in Berlin and compellingly brings to life Scholem''s transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, the critic and philosopher. In doing so he reveals how Scholem''s frustration with the bourgeois ideology of Germany during the First World War led him to discover Judaism, Kabbalah, and finally Zionism as potent counterforces to Europe''s suicidal nationalism.

Prochnik''s own years in the Holy Land in the 1990s brings him to question the stereotypical intellectual and theological constructs of Jerusalem and to rediscover the city as a physical place rife with the unruliness and fecundity of nature. Prochnik ultimately suggests that a new form of ecological pluralism must now inherit the historically energizing role once played by Kabbalah and Zionism in Jewish thought.

GEORGE PROCHNIK''s essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. He has taught English and American literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine.
Title:Stranger In A Strange Land: Searching For Gershom Scholem And Jerusalem
Format:Audio Book (CD)
Product dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Published:June 20, 2017
Publisher:Brilliance Audio
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781543618914

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