The Imaginary Jew - Texts and Contexts (Paperback)
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The Imaginary Jew - Texts and Contexts (Paperback)

(author), (translator), (author of introduction,translator)
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Paperback 201 Pages / Published: 01/04/1997
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The Holocaust changed what it means to be a Jew, for Jew and non-Jew alike. Much of the discussion about this new meaning is a storm of contradictions. In The Imaginary Jew, Alain Finkielkraut describes with passion and acuity his own passage through that storm.

Finkielkraut decodes the shifts in anti-Semitism at the end of the Cold War, chronicles the impact of Israel's policies on European Jews, opposes arguments both for and against cultural assimilation, reopens questions about Marx and Judaism, and marks the loss of European Jewish culture through catastrophe, ignorance, and cliche. He notes that those who identified with Israel continued the erasure of European Judaism, forgetting the pangs and glories of Yiddish culture and the legacy of the Diaspora.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803268951
Number of pages: 201
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The Imaginary Jew is brilliant and rueful and bitter at the same time. It shows the joint influence of Sartre and Philip Roth-a combination that only Alain Finkielkraut could bring off."-New Yorker * New Yorker *
"Finkielkraut's profoundly personal account of his struggle with Jewish identity is entertaining, witty and . . . unquestionably insightful."-Jewish Chronicle * Jewish Chronicle *
"Finkielkraut is exciting to read; good to think with. He delivers sharp and smart prose. . . . [A] most compelling book."-Voice Literary Supplement * Voice Literary Supplement *

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