Art and Literature
Explores the central role of Jewish patrons as shapers of Viennese modernism.
A fascinating look at key aspects of visual culture in modern Jewish history.
“By uncovering the European roots of this central, widely read and much translated Israeli author, Gold opens the way for other similar studies of the European background of Israeli writing. Her book will be indispensable for all future studies of Amichai's poetry.”—Arnold Band, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California at Los Angeles
“Through the meticulous analysis of a single wooden synagogue, he opens before us the nearly undocumented pre-Hasidic popular culture of Eastern European Jews.” —Michael Steinlauf, Gratz College
“The overall effect is almost like reading a diary — the glimpses of ordinary private lives… resonate with loss, disappointment and rich, raw emotion.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Deeply researched and thoroughly original, this remarkable study encourages new ways of thinking about Jewish artists and their place in the emergence of modern culture…” —Richard I. Cohen, author of Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe
Six classic texts of modern Hebrew literature viewed from a variety of critical perspectives.
Schwartz organizes his book around three of Appelfeld’s major themes: the recovery of childhood and memory, the creation of place and the religious stance of the Holocaust writer. He develops a new perspective not only on Appelfeld’s work, but on Holocaust literature itself.
“Landscapes of Jewish Experience” represents a unique combination of multi-layered paintings by Samuel Bak and the rich, thoughtful essay and commentary of Lawrence L. Langer.
“The book fulfills an important need by calling attention to the new voices that have reshaped contemporary Israeli literature and culture.” —Hana Wirth-Nesher