Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 (Paperback)
  • Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 (Paperback)
zoom

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£10.99
Paperback 800 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
  • 5+ in stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Waterstones Says

Shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize, this seminal chronicle of four centuries of Jewish history makes the vast machine of history human. A vivid portrait of diaspora, identity and hope.

A passionate history of Judaism; a world unfolding across many continents and five centuries by one of our greatest and internationally bestselling historians.

Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492 it tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways; trudges the dawn streets of London, hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon's ruined army.

The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews' search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

'A magnificent achievement...' Jonathan Freedland, Guardian

'An extraordinary cultural journey, filled with astonishingly colourful and outrageous characters ... Schama delivers a superb and thrilling ride, both inspirational and tragic' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Mail on Sunday

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099590064
Number of pages: 800
Weight: 662 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 50 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A magnificent achievement... [a] parade of bustlingly vital characters from across the globe ... all painted in luminous colour... By offering such a throbbing cavalcade of characters, Schama is defying several key assumptions, even stereotypes, about Jewish history and Jews themselves... Above all, while much Jewish history can read like a sorrowful trudge through disaster, plague and pogrom, Schama's book teems with life rather than death -- Jonathan Freedland * Guardian *
Magisterial ... the product of a world-class historian at the peak of his creative powers ... rich, ornate, intensely evocative and sensory. With astonishing range and extraordinary synthesising powers, Schama captures the drama of Jewish history. * Financial Times *
A rich melody that soars above the ground bass of prejudice and persecution ... Schama has made himself the leading virtuoso of our time. This second volume of this trilogy is an affirmation of faith in the grand narrative ... Its familiar and familial tone proclaims the author's unapologetic mission to play his part in the story of the Jews by bringing their history alive... [A] glittering gemstone of a book -- Daniel Johnson * The Times *
So beautifully written it regularly takes your breath away, it is a book far greater than the sum of its parts. Daunted by its colossal size, I started reading with some trepidation; I finished filled with wonder and delight. -- Abigail Green * Times Literary Supplement *
An extraordinary cultural journey, filled with astonishingly colourful and outrageous characters ... Schama delivers a superb and thrilling ride, both inspirational and tragic. -- Simon Sebag Montefiore * Mail on Sunday *

You may also be interested in...

Sapiens
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Gladius
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
Dictators
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
The New Silk Roads
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Madman's Library
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
The Book of Gutsy Women
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The International Brigades
Added to basket
£30.00   £15.00
Hardback
East West Street
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Chastise
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Silk Roads
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Paperback
JFK
Added to basket
JFK
£30.00   £15.00
Hardback
The Haunting of Alma Fielding
Added to basket
£18.99   £9.49
Hardback
And Now For The Good News...
Added to basket
£14.99   £7.49
Hardback
Burning the Books
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
A History of the World in 21 Women
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Anarchy
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback

“Bought as present so not read.”

Bought as present so not read.

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 46

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.