To Jerusalem and Back

To Jerusalem and Back

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141180755
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Nobel laureate Saul Bellow’s revealing interviews and meditations, steeped in history and literature, on the unique spirit and challenges of Israel

A powerful, stimulating testament, To Jerusalem and Back is a rigorous attempt to come to grips with Israel’s history and future. Immersing himself in the landscape and culture of this “small state in perpetual crisis,” Bellow records the opinions, passions, and dreams of Israelis of varying viewpoints—Yitzak Rabin, Amos Oz, the editor of the largest Arab-language newspaper in Israel, a kibbutznik escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto—and adds his own reflections on being Jewish in the twentieth century. Saul Bellow’s journey is not merely an exploration of a very beautiful and very troubled city; it is a major literary work, and an urgently important one.

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“Bellow evokes places, ideas, people…on the edge of history, an inch from disaster, yet brimming with argument and words…. An impassioned and thoughtful book.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Essentially a plea for a greater understanding of the state of Israel by one of its most articulate admirers.” –The Times
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