The Story Of The Jews: Finding The Words: 1000 Bce-1492-ce by Simon SchamaThe Story Of The Jews: Finding The Words: 1000 Bce-1492-ce by Simon Schama

The Story Of The Jews: Finding The Words: 1000 Bce-1492-ce

bySimon Schama

Hardcover | March 18, 2014

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It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amid grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. The first of two volumes, The Story of the Jews spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes readers to unimagined places: a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia, a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings, the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the writers of the Bible to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world, candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, and ships loaded with spices and gems founder at sea.

And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story.

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University. His award-winning books, translated into fifteen languages, include Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt’s Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings, and most recently, The American Future: A His...
Title:The Story Of The Jews: Finding The Words: 1000 Bce-1492-ceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.27 × 6.35 × 1.61 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670069795

ISBN - 13:9780670069798

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Editorial Reviews

• "Schama at his best, a labour of love, as full of memorable incident as a Bellow novel and wittier than a Woody Allen movie." --The Times
 • "Schama has written a proud and personal story of his people, one that will make a good starting point for those interested in one of history's most fascinating and tragic tales." --Josh Glancy, Sunday Times