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Gershom Scholem was a precocious teenager when he became Walter Benjamin's close friend. His account of that relationship - crucial for both men until Benjamin's suicide in 1940 - is at once a tribute to his friend's genius and a lament for his personal and, as Scholem sees it, intellectual self-destructiveness. Prickly but also poignant, this book revisits passionate engagements with Marxism and the Kabbalah, Germany and Palestine, as if Scholem sought to summon up his friend's spirit, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590170328
ISBN-10: 1590170326
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gershom Gerhard Scholem

Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) was born in Berlin and emigrated to Palestine in 1923. He was a scholar of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah. Lee Siegel is an associate editor of Artnews.

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