By George Prochnik
In Stranger in an odd Land, Prochnik revisits the existence and paintings of Gershom Scholem, whose as soon as in demand acceptance, as a Freud-like interpreter of the internal international 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 throughout the First global warfare led him to become aware of Judaism, Kabbalah, and eventually Zionism, as effective counter-forces to Europe’s suicidal nationalism.
Prochnik’s personal years within the Holy Land within the Nineteen Nineties brings him to query 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 position as soon as performed by way of Kabbalah and Zionism in Jewish thought.
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