George Prochnik - Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem
Prochnik’s rich life of the German-born Zionist and scholar Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) is part biography, part history of Israel, and part intellectual and spiritual quest. The author of Putnam Camp, In Pursuit of Silence, and The Impossible Exile, which won the National Jewish Book Award for biography, Prochnik traces Scholem’s thinking from socialism and anarchism to an idealistic Zionism, and shows how he rooted his vision of Israel in the mystical Jewish traditions of the Kabbalah. The reality of the new state, however, was and has continued to be much more complicated, and Prochnik puts Scholem’s legacy in perspective by viewing it through his own experience of Israel in the 1990s and after.
Prochnik will be in conversation with Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of The National Interest.