By George Prochnik
In Stranger in an odd Land, Prochnik revisits the existence and paintings of Gershom Scholem, whose as soon as admired attractiveness, as a Freud-like interpreter of the internal global of the Cosmos, has been in eclipse within the usa. He vividly conjures Scholem’s upbringing in Berlin, and compellingly brings to existence Scholem’s transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, the critic and thinker. In doing so, he unearths how Scholem’s frustration with the bourgeois ideology of Germany through the First global conflict led him to realize Judaism, Kabbalah, and at last Zionism, as powerful counter-forces to Europe’s suicidal nationalism.
Prochnik’s personal years within the Holy Land within the Nineteen Nineties brings him to question the stereotypical highbrow and theological constructs of Jerusalem, and to rediscover the town as a actual position, rife with the unruliness and fecundity of nature. Prochnik finally means that a brand new type of ecological pluralism needs to now inherit the traditionally energizing function as soon as performed by way of Kabbalah and Zionism in Jewish thought.