Burnt Books

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka

Author: Rodger Kamenetz

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307379337

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 8986

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 And both left strict instructions at the end of their lives that their unpublished books be burnt.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: 2921

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?

Books Condemned to Be Burnt

Author: James Anson Farrer

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1776593375

Category: History

Page: 126

View: 8439

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.

Burnt Book One of the SAPP Trilogy

Author: Maeghan Jo Kimball

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1312546921

Category: Fiction

Page: 566

View: 2081

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?

Horowitz Horror: Burnt

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408316811

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

View: 8321

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: 2008

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: 2896

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


Blood and Fire

Author: Lyn Lowe

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781477585931

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 4923

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."

Brennender Fluss


Author: Karin Salvalaggio

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843711615

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 7220

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.

Enemies and Obsessions

More Memories and Musings

Author: Raymond Apple

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496992253

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 138

View: 7187

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: 822

"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.

Books Burn Badly

Author: Manuel Rivas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409089495

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 5926

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 Grunge

Author: Aa Smith

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1622122704

Category: Fiction

Page: 157

View: 8119

Meet Fenrick, a sixteen-year-old antisocial supplies dealer in Al Khuwayr, a small village in Saudi Arabia that protects the struggling remnants of society after a nuclear world war has destroyed nearly everything. When Fenrick is recruited into the militia that guards the village, he embarks on a mission to the ruins of Riyadh in search of Project 7, hidden somewhere in Riyadh's military base. As Fenrick travels beyond his village for the first time in eleven years, he discovers warped monstrosities that were once people and animals. Getting closer to their destination, Fenrick forms a mutual bond with his allies, beginning to feel for the first time since his father died that he need not face the world on his own. Fenrick's curiosity about the true cause of the war continues to grow, as does his determination to complete the mission. Will he learn more about the disease that twisted the animals and people? Will he find Project 7? Could there be other remnants of society somewhere?

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: 5154

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.

This Is Not a Novel

Author: Jennifer Johnston

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147222602X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 554

Johnny, an outstanding young swimmer, went missing nearly thirty years ago: drowned, or so everyone except his sister Imogen believes. How could this have happened? Encouraged, pushed even, from a child by his father, Johnny could have made the Olympic team, couldn't he? As Imogen gradually pieces together bits of her family history, we hear the tragic echoes that connect her with the Great War and Ireland in the nineteen-twenties.

King Alfred

Burnt Cakes and Other Legends

Author: David Horspool

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674023208

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 1651

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.

Burnt Records

Author: E. Dan Stevens

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1598581457

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

View: 1099

Set in rural northern Michigan among the descendants of timber barons and hardscrabble farmers, BURNT RECORDS unravels Ashford's 26-year mystery while exposing the shame of its leading citizen. He had burned newspaper archives and courthouse records, murdering a man in the process, to prevent discovery of his cowardly role in the death of David Baxter, his cousin, who should have inherited the fortune he now enjoys. His tranquility is shattered when Diane, David Baxter's daughter, arrives to search for her long-lost father. Her quest threatens his wealth and his liberty. At first he just observes, until she and a young Ashford lawyer begin to uncover details about David Baxter and the courthouse fires; then he decides to act. From one false lead to the next, both reader and characters experience a roller coaster of anticipation and suspense, but discover the killer's identity and final plan only after Diane falls into his measured trap. DAN STEVENS is no stranger to northern Michigan, the setting for BURNT RECORDS. He grew up and graduated from high school in Montmorency County and returned there for another fifteen years as a lawyer and businessman. He also represented the area in the Michigan Legislature for two terms. Later he served as a policy coordinator for the Florida Governor and was the County Attorney for Hendry County, Florida, over a thirteen year period. He and his wife Sarah now split their time between Atlanta, Michigan, and Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Stevens earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from T.M. Cooley Law School. BURNT RECORDS is his first novel.

The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage

Author: Enid Blyton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444926853

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 276

View: 304

The Find-Outers is a brilliant mystery series from bestselling author Enid Blyton, perfect for fans of The Secret Seven. Someone has set fire to Mr Hick's cottage, but who could it be? Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster the dog have their very first case to solve. But it's not easy being detectives with policeman Mr Goon telling them to "clear orf". The Find-Outers are determined - they have to solve the mystery before Mr Goon does! First published in 1943, this edition is unillustrated.

Ottoman Turkish and Çaĝatay MSS in Canada

A Union Catalogue of the Four Collections

Author: Eleazar Birnbaum

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004284044

Category: History

Page: 550

View: 7035

All known Ottoman Turkish and Çaĝatay manuscripts in Canada are described in detail, accompanied by many colour illustrations. Of the total of over 275 manuscripts, covering a wide range of subjects, more than 200 are in the collection of Professor Eleazar Birnbaum. Many are rare and most were calligraphed between the 15th and 17th centuries.


The Saga of Burnt Nial

Author: Anon E Mouse

Publisher: Abela Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1907256539

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 650

View: 9419

What is a Saga? A Saga is a story, or telling in prose, sometimes mixed with verse. There are many kinds of Sagas with varying degrees of truth. There are the mythical Sagas, the historical Sagas of the kings of Norway, and then there are Sagas relating to Iceland narrating the lives, the feuds and the ends of mighty chiefs who dwelt in the districts of the island. These were told by men who lived on the very spot, and told with an exactness as to time and place. The Saga of Njal is one of these. Of all the Sagas relating to Iceland, this tragic story bears away the palm for truthfulness and beauty. To use the words of one well qualified to judge, it is, when compared with all similar compositions, as gold to brass. In this Saga we learn of the sad story of Njal's fate, Gunnar's peerlessness and Hallgerda's infamy, of Bergthora's helpfulness, of Skarphedinn's hastiness, of Flosi's foul deed, and Kari's stern revenge. To tell a story truthfully was what was looked for from all men in those days; but to tell it properly and gracefully, and to clothe the facts in fitting diction, was given to few, and of those few the Saga teller who first threw Njal into its present shape, was one of the first and foremost. As for truthfulness, there are many other Sagas relating to the same period in which the actors in our Saga are mentioned by name and in which their deeds are corroborated. But, of all the Sagas, none were so interesting as Njal, whether as regarding the length of the story, the number of ranking chiefs who appeared in it as actors and the graphic way in which the tragic tale is told.