Stranger in A Strange Land

Stranger in A Strange Land

Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2017
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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.

Publisher: [Grand Haven, MI] : Audible Studios on Brilliance audio 2017
ISBN: 9781543618914
154361891X
Branch Call Number: 296.092 S36p
Characteristics: audio file,MP3,rda
digital,optical,rda
2 sound discs (approximately 17 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Stifel, David C. 1965-

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