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Stranger in a strange land : searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem

Author: George Prochnik
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prochnik creates a nonfiction Bildungsroman of one of the twentieth century's most important humanist thinkers, while also telling an intimate story of his own youth, marriage and spiritual quest in Jerusalem. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Prochnik, George.
Stranger in a strange land.
New York : Other Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016034545
(OCoLC)956379293
Named Person: Gershom Scholem; Gershom Scholem
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Prochnik
ISBN: 9781590517772 1590517776
OCLC Number: 978294247
Description: 1 online resource (522 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: George Prochnik.

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"Prochnik creates a nonfiction Bildungsroman of one of the twentieth century's most important humanist thinkers, while also telling an intimate story of his own youth, marriage and spiritual quest in Jerusalem. 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 counter-forces to Europe's suicidal nationalism. Prochnik's self-imposed exile 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"--

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