By George Prochnik

ISBN-10: 154361891X

ISBN-13: 9781543618914

ISBN-10: 1783781785

ISBN-13: 9781783781782

ISBN-10: 1783781807

ISBN-13: 9781783781805

Taking his lead from his topic, Gershom Scholem—the twentieth century philosopher who cracked open Jewish theology and background with a thorough analyzing of Kabbalah—Prochnik combines biography and memoir to counter our modern political predicament with an unique and pressing reimagining of the way forward for Israel.

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.

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