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 And both left strict instructions at the end of their lives that their unpublished books be burnt.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.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka
Author: Rodger Kamenetz
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?
Reading the Talmud
Author: Marc-Alain Ouaknin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
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.
Author: James Anson Farrer
Publisher: The Floating Press
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?
Author: Maeghan Jo Kimball
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?
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Offers a multiple-genred mosaic of multiple resistances to oppression through a variety of styles and mediums.
Poetic Voices, Political Voices
Author: Gertrude M. James Gonzalez,Anne J. M. Mamary
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Social Science
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."
Blood and Fire
Author: Lyn Lowe
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
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.
Author: Karin Salvalaggio
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
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”.
More Memories and Musings
Author: Raymond Apple
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"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.
Author: Haig A. Bosmajian
Category: Literary Criticism
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?
Author: Aa Smith
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
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.
The Film Companion
Author: Birgit Beumers,Professor Birgit Beumers
Category: Performing Arts
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.
Author: Jennifer Johnston
Publisher: Hachette UK
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 Cakes and Other Legends
Author: David Horspool
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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.
Author: E. Dan Stevens
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
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.
Author: Enid Blyton
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
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.
A Union Catalogue of the Four Collections
Author: Eleazar Birnbaum
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.
The Saga of Burnt Nial
Author: Anon E Mouse
Publisher: Abela Publishing Ltd
Category: Juvenile Fiction