The Jewish Search for a Usable Past
By (author) David G. Roskies The Helen and Martin Schwartz lectures in Jewish studies
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Jewish Search for a Usable Past by David G. Roskies
Book Description"Roskies has illuminated a path to further self-understanding of who Jews are and the type of bridges used to reach a usable past." -Lifestyles Magazine "[The author has] an exceptional gift for historical reconnection...The force of the shtetl, if not its romance, remains very much within him." -Irving Louis Horowitz, Congress Monthly "...fine new volume of essays..." -David Singer, Commentary "These studies, each a gem unto itself, together reveal how Jews cope with loss and catastrophe and illustrate that it is exactly by coping with loss and tragedy that Jews create a usable past and in, in the process, define their present and shape their future." -Choice After redrawing the map of modern Jewish memory, David G. Roskies takes the reader on a grand tour of major memory sites, each of which is built upon foundations of rebellion, rupture, and loss. Among them: chronicles of catastrophe from the Warsaw ghetto; a gallery of rabbis and zaddikim who are really rebels in disguise; a failed revolution recast into an Honor Row of magnificent tombstones; and a Holy Land where the search for a sacred space is led by those least likely ever to find it. The creativity with which Jews have coped with loss and catastrophe in modern times is richly revealed in this lively account.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253335050
(5983mm x 3971mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 22-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David G. Roskies
Everyday Jews, Hardback (November 2007)
Offers a blend of raw sexuality and romantic love, thwarted desire and spiritual longing. This book captures the complex interplay of Christians and Jews, weekdays and Sabbaths, town and country, dream and reality, against a relentless and never-ending battle of the sexes.
Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction, Paperback (May 2006)
An American Jewish anthology blends works by established top names with some of the current generation's most promising newcomers, in a volume that includes contributions by such writers as Cynthia Ozick, Lore Segal, and Max Apple. Original.
Against the Apocalypse, Hardback (November 1999)
Dogmar Ostermann, a former prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and ex-Nazi SS physician Hans Wilhelm Munch, talk face to face 50 years after the war. The book's structure follows the events of the Nazi occupation chronologically, adding to the testimonial literature of the Holocaust.
Bridge of Longing, Paperback (August 1996)» View all books by David G. Roskies
This text describes how Yiddish storytelling became the politics of rescue for generations of displaced Jewish artists, embodying their hopes and fears in the languages of tradition. It suggests that there lies an aesthetic and moral sensibility totally at odds with Jewish humour and piety.
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Author Biography - David G. Roskies
David G. Roskies is Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His books include Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture and A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling. He is founder and editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.
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