Burnt Books

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka

Author: Rodger Kamenetz

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307379337

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 9377

Part of the Jewish Encounter series Rodger Kamenetz, acclaimed author of The Jew in the Lotus, has long been fascinated by the mystical tales of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. And for many years he has taught a course in Prague on Franz Kafka. The more he thought about their lives and writings, the more aware he became of unexpected connections between them. Kafka was a secular artist fascinated by Jewish mysticism, and Rabbi Nachman was a religious mystic who used storytelling to reach out to secular Jews. Both men died close to age forty of tuberculosis. Both invented new forms of storytelling that explore the search for meaning in an illogical, unjust world. Both gained prominence with the posthumous publication of their writing. And both left strict instructions at the end of their lives that their unpublished books be burnt. Kamenetz takes his ideas on the road, traveling to Kafka’s birthplace in Prague and participating in the pilgrimage to Uman, the burial site of Rabbi Nachman visited by thousands of Jews every Jewish new year. He discusses the hallucinatory intensity of their visions and offers a rich analysis of Nachman’s and Kafka’s major works, revealing uncanny similarities in the inner lives of these two troubled and beloved figures, whose creative and religious struggles have much to teach us about the significant role played by the imagination in the Jewish spiritual experience. From the Hardcover edition.

The Burnt Book

Reading the Talmud

Author: Marc-Alain Ouaknin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691059204

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

View: 4372

In a profound look at what it means for new generations to read and interpret ancient religious texts, rabbi and philosopher Marc-Alain Ouaknin offers a postmodern reading of the Talmud, one of the first of its kind. Combining traditional learning and contemporary thought, Ouaknin dovetails discussions of spirituality and religious practice with such concepts as deconstruction, intertextuality, undecidability, multiple voicing, and eroticism in the Talmud. On a broader level, he establishes a dialogue between Hebrew tradition and the social sciences, which draws, for example, on the works of L�vinas, Blanchot, and Jab�s as well as Derrida. The Burnt Book represents the innovative thinking that has come to be associated with a school of French Jewish studies, headed by L�vinas and dedicated to new readings of traditional texts, which is fast gaining influence in the United States. The Talmud, transcribed in 500 C.E., is shown to be a text that refrains from dogma and instead encourages the exploration of its meanings. A vast compilation of Jewish oral law, the Talmud also contains rabbinical commentaries that touch on everything from astronomy to household life. Examining its literary methods and internal logic, Ouaknin explains how this text allows readers to transcend its authority in that it invites them to interpret, discuss, and re-create their religious tradition. An in-depth treatment of selected texts from the oral law and commentary goes on to provide a model for secular study of the Talmud in light of contemporary philosophical issues. Throughout the author emphasizes the self-effacing quality of a text whose worth can be measured by the insights that live on in the minds of its interpreters long after they have closed the book. He points out that the burning of the Talmud in anti-Judaic campaigns throughout history has, in fact, been an unwitting act of complicity with Talmudic philosophy and the practice of self-effacement. Ouaknin concludes his discussion with the story of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, who himself burned his life achievement--a work known by his students as "the Burnt Book." This story leaves us with the question, should all books be destroyed in order to give birth to thought and renew meaning?


Author: Heinrich Heine

Publisher: Soto-verlag

ISBN: 3961127018

Category: Drama

Page: 75

View: 771

Die Handlung spielt um 1500 in der Gegend von Granada. Der junge Maure Almansor ist aus dem Exil in seine Heimat zurückgekehrt in der Hoffnung, seine Geliebte Zuleima wiederzusehen. Er trifft auf Hassan, den früheren Diener seiner Familie, und dieser berichtet ihm über die missliche Lage der in Spanien verbliebenen, zum Christentum konvertierten Mauren. – Auf dem Schloss des früheren maurischen Edelmannes Ali, der sich taufen ließ und nunmehr Don Gonzalvo heißt, wird die Verlobung seiner Tochter Zuleima (jetzt Donna Clara) gefeiert. Ali bekennt dem Bräutigam Don Enrique die verworrene Kindheitsgeschichte seiner Braut: Ali und sein guter Freund Abdullah hatten zwei Kinder, Almansor und Zuleima, die einander schon von Kindesalter an versprochen waren. Doch weil Alis Frau bei der Geburt des Kindes starb, ließ er seinen Sohn von Abdullah aufziehen, nahm aber kurz danach im Gegenzug dessen Tochter Zuleima als sein eigenes Kind an. Da Ali glaubt, dass Almansor tot sei, gibt er Zuleima nun einem Christen zur Braut. – Nach dem Ende des Festes versucht Almansor mit Zuleima in Kontakt zu treten und singt unter ihrem Balkon ein Ständchen. Zuleima erkennt Almansor, und schnell flammt die alte Liebe wieder auf. Am nächsten Morgen wäre Almansor schon fast soweit, Zuleima zuliebe den verhassten christlichen Glauben anzunehmen, als sie ihm gesteht, dass sie schon an diesem Tag mit einem Spanier Hochzeit feiern werde.

Burnt Book One of the SAPP Trilogy

Author: Maeghan Jo Kimball

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1312546921

Category: Fiction

Page: 566

View: 3960

Lila Raspreno is a genetic experiment that went horribly right. She is the world's only Telepathic Empathic Telekinetic Pyrokinetic. She had built a safe haven for others like herself called SAPP; School for the Advancement of Practical Psionics. Then she stumbled upon Anderson Olm, the single most powerful Cognitive that she has even met. Someone wants Anderson Olm dead. And they are willing to kill her to get to him. There is something special about him and none of the experts in the field of Psionics have any idea what it is. As Lila tries to understand what is so special about him, she falls further down the rabbit hole of her past and what it has to do with her future. Is Anderson Olm the answer that has eluded the experts? Or is he just another freak in Lila's freak show of SAPP?

Books Condemned to Be Burnt

Author: James Anson Farrer

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1776593375

Category: History

Page: 126

View: 3819

As battles over literary censorship continue to rage on, it's vitally important to understand the background of this debate. In this fascinating volume, Farrer catalogs centuries of censorship in England, detailing the books that were identified as prurient, blasphemous or otherwise harmful to the public and doomed to burn. Targeted books range from mysterious volumes of occult knowledge to seemingly innocuous works of history that somehow offended the reigning royals.


Blood and Fire

Author: Lyn Lowe

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781477585931

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8869

Fate rips Kaie from the life he planned and thrust him into a world of slavery and casual brutality. Faced with the destruction of everything he knew and hiding from a society that turns those born with magic into mindless creatures called Hollows, he'll have to discover the difference between being a good man and surviving a bad situation. The gods themselves have turned their cruel attention to teaching him the true meaning of sacrifice, in all its horrible forms. He will be forged in fire and death, and everything he loves is up for grabs. For he is the Catalyst... "You will see everything you care about ripped away five times. You will lead men into battle five times, three will leave you broken. You will murder five who deserve it and five who do not. You will die five times. You are the phoenix who will father dragons."

Horowitz Horror: Burnt

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408316811

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

View: 3476

Uncle Nigel is determined to get a sun tan. But Tim is sure there is something sinister going on, when his uncle's skin starts to frazzle and his brain begins to fry. When Bart buys a magical monkey's ear in a market in Marrakesh, he discovers that making wishes is a dangerous game - you might just get what you wish for . . . And who is the writer of the shortest horror story ever written?

Incombustible Lutheran Books in Early Modern Germany

Author: Avner Shamir

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429619596

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 9617

This book discusses the early modern engagement with books that survived intentional or accidental fire in Lutheran Germany. From the 1620s until the middle of the eighteenth century, unburnt books became an attraction for princes, publishers, clergymen, and some laymen. To cope with an event that seemed counter-intuitive and possibly supernatural, contemporaries preserved these books, narrated their survival, and discussed their significance. This book demonstrates how early modern Europeans, no longer bound to traditional medieval religion, yet not accustomed to modern scientific ways of thinking, engaged with a natural phenomenon that was not uncommon and yet seemed to defy common sense.

Cultural Activisms

Poetic Voices, Political Voices

Author: Gertrude M. James Gonzalez,Anne J. M. Mamary

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438407769

Category: Social Science

Page: 374

View: 1278

Offers a multiple-genred mosaic of multiple resistances to oppression through a variety of styles and mediums.

Brennender Fluss


Author: Karin Salvalaggio

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843711615

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6513

Flathead Valley, Montana: Das nur spärlich besiedelte Tal wird von einer Hitzewelle heimgesucht. Ein Brandstifter bringt die Bewohner in große Gefahr, die Feuerwehr kämpft vergeblich gegen die Flammen an. Dann wird ein toter Soldat gefunden. Die Polizei bittet Detective Macy Greeley um Hilfe. Sie muss gegen das Schweigen der eingeschworenen Gemeinschaft ankommen, die Probleme lieber unter sich löst. Jeder weiß etwas, doch niemand spricht darüber. Zu allem Überfluss taucht auch noch Ray Davidson auf – zugleich Macys Chef und der Vater ihres kleinen Sohnes. Dann wird eine weitere Leiche gefunden. Bald ist nicht nur Macys Karriere, sondern auch ihr Leben in großer Gefahr ... Der spektakuläre neue Fall für Ermittlerin Macy Greeley.

Verglühte Schatten


Author: Kamila Shamsie

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827072328

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 3192

»Können Sie mir diesen Geruch erklären?« Ich verstand nicht, was er meinte. Dass er den Duft von Mangos nicht kannte, wäre mir nie eingefallen. Also sagte ich: »Einer der Götter ist gerade hier entlanggelaufenund hat geschwitzt.« Er gab mir die Hand und sagte: »Das ist das Schönste, was ich seit meiner Ankunft in Delhi gehört habe.« Indien, 1947. Hiroko, die ihren Verlobten Konrad verloren hat, reist auf der Suche nach einem Neuanfang nach Delhi, wo sie Konrads Familie, und vor allem seine Schwester Elizabeth, kennenlernt. Sie verliebt sich in Sajjad, den Diener der Familie, und flieht mit ihm nach Pakistan, wo die beiden ein Zuhause finden. Hiroko und Elizabeth werden unterschiedliche Wege gehen, aber sich nicht verlieren - ihre Freundschaft wird andauern und die beiden Frauen an einem anderen Ort in einer anderen Zeit erneut zusammenführen.

Burnt By the Sun

The Film Companion

Author: Birgit Beumers,Professor Birgit Beumers

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860643965

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 134

View: 2284

Each of the volumes in this series on Russian cinema investigates the production, context and reception of the film, the people who made it, and the film itself, including its place in world cinema. This title discusses the Oscar-winning film "Burnt by the Sun", directed by Nikita Mikhalov.

Enemies and Obsessions

More Memories and Musings

Author: Raymond Apple

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496992253

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 138

View: 7039

This book presents memories and musings – in no particular order – touching on many areas of contemporary life. It follows on from the author’s earlier book, “TO BE CONTINUED”.

Burning Books

Author: Haig A. Bosmajian

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786422084

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

View: 1184

"This work provides a detailed account of book burning worldwide over the past 2000 years. The book burners are identified, along with the works they deliberately set aflame"--Provided by publisher.

The Sanctuary

Author: Raymond Khoury

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409115933

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8238

A deadly quest to uncover an ancient secret that has destroyed everyone in its path for centuries... Portugal, 1705. In the dungeons of a Templar castle, a dying old man bequeaths an ancient, half-burnt book to his young inquisitor. Keeping one step ahead of those who would kill to wrench the book's secret from his hands, the inquisitor turns his back on his calling and sets off on an impossible journey to complete the old man's quest. Baghdad, 2003. A military unit makes a horrifying discovery: a hidden state-of-the-art lab, where dozens of men, women and children have died. The scientist they were hunting is believed to be working on a bio weapons programme. But the man known only as the hakeem - the doctor - has escaped, taking with him the startling truth about his work ...

King Alfred

Burnt Cakes and Other Legends

Author: David Horspool

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674023208

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 652

Horspool sees Alfred as inextricably linked to the legends and stories that surround him, and rather than attempting to separate the myth from the "reality," he explores how both came together to provide a historical figure that was all things to all men.

Books Burn Badly

Author: Manuel Rivas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409089495

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 6579

On 19 August 1936 Hercules the boxer stands on the quayside at Coruña and watches Fascist soldiers piling up books and setting them alight. With this moment a young carefree group of friends are transformed into a broken generation. Out of this incident during the early months of Spain's tragic civil war, Manuel Rivas weaves a colourful tapestry of stories and unforgettable characters to create a panorama of twentieth-century Spanish history. For it is not only the lives of Hercules the boxer and his friends that are tainted by the unending conflict, but also those of a young washerwoman who sees souls in the clouded river water and the stammering son of a judge who uncovers his father's hidden library. As the singed pages fly away on the breeze, their stories live on in the minds of their readers.

Burnt Barley. . .Spared Blessing

Author: Lillie Stringer

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453527885

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 66

View: 7531

In this thoughtful book, Lillie Stringer describes the poignant agony she felt after the death of her son. During this time, God gave her a personal message that was the key to unlocking a ministry to other grieving parents. I burnt the barley, but I spared the blessing was a cloudy message that was clearly revealed in Gods time. Yes, the barley was burnedher son was gone, but God promised a blessing in spite of this tragedy. Lillies is a message of inspiration and compassion for those who mourn. The emotional scars that this kind of experience can impose upon parents who bury their children can subject them to empty, futile attempts to seek solace in the wrong places. Her desire is that God will diminish sorrows and fully equip those who mourn for recovery by giving a new and living hope. This hope has already been signed, sealed, and delivered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This book contains a collection of letters and personal insights in which Lillie shares divine comfort with those who mourn.


Author: Lance Olsen

Publisher: N.A


Category: College teachers

Page: 171

View: 2919

A satire on academia featuring a disillusioned professor of English at a university in Kentucky. He comes to the conclusion that there is more truth in the tabloids than in what he teaches. Told against the background of a deteriorating environment on earth.

Burnt Island

Author: D. Nurkse

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307516237

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

View: 9133

D. Nurkse’s Burnt Island explores tragedy both grand and intimate, in city and country, in our own troubled moment and across the greater scope of geological time. Arranged in three “suites” of lucid, often heart-wrenching verse, the book begins with a city under siege, in a group of poems that becomes a subtle homage to New York after 9/11–a metaphorical “burnt island,” where diggers doze on their shovels, citizens contribute bottles of water, M&M’s, and casseroles to recovery efforts, and survivors, mesmerized by the photos of the missing, compare them “scar by scar with the faces of the living.” Nurkse then takes up the journey of a couple starting again in nature at a specific place called Burnt Island, where the elements instruct them, seeming to mirror their conflicts and strife. Finally, in a charming and profound series of poems centered on marine ecology, he finds the infinite in the infinitesimally small, and offers us, in sparkling, mysterious verses, the strange comfort that comes with observing the life of the ocean. we are like you because we are born by the billions and float into the open ocean– . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . we live another second or much less, less than a blink, until the code comes to know itself and the mind dreams another mind that will survive it there, in the bright curtain of spray. (from “The Granite Coast”) From the Hardcover edition.