Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe: A Guide (Jewish by Vivian Liska
By Vivian Liska
With contributions from a dozen American and ecu students, this quantity provides an outline of Jewish writing in post--World warfare II Europe. impressive a stability among shut readings of person texts and normal surveys of bigger hobbies and underlying topics, the essays painting Jewish authors throughout Europe as writers and intellectuals of a number of affiliations and hybrid identities. geared toward a basic readership and guided through the assumption of creating bridges throughout nationwide cultures, this ebook maps for English-speaking readers the productiveness and variety of Jewish writers and writing that has marked a revitalization of Jewish tradition in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, nice Britain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.
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This irreverence has its antecedents in earlier Austrian Jewish writing and, more generally, in Austrian literature as such. A Poetics of Everyday Life: “Shema Israel, my feet are cold” The influence of a long artistic and intellectual Austrian Jewish tradition of individualistic and subversive dissent, rather than collective and direct opposition, can indeed be regarded as the third reason why contemporary Austrian Jewish authors are arguably “less explicitly and antagonistically Jewish” than one might expect.
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The person who does make such a gesture is Victor’s alter ego from the past, the young rabbi Manasseh, whose parents survived the Spanish Inquisition and who wrote a theological tract called “Il Conciliador” (340), in which all contradictions are smoothed out and harmonized. He thereby gains fame and honor in the eyes of his non-Jewish environment. The historical Menasseh “lifts a millstone from the neck of the Christian world” (418). Victor, on the other hand, acts defiantly toward the old Nazis.