A huge, global history that addresses the threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate running through the religion’s history as well as the institutions on which (or in reaction to which) all forms of Judaism are based.
This fascinating memoir is partly the story of the author’s parents, Alan Pryce-Jones (editor of the TLS) and ‘Poppy’ Foulds-Springer, heiress of a wealthy Central European Jewish family. DP-J himself has a distinguished intellectual record, and he writes here with aplomb and acuity.
Extraordinarily, DP-J found no publisher in the UK – this edition was published in the States.
Never published in English before, Sebastian’s 1934 Bildungsroman follows the life of the unnamed Romanian Jewish narrator from law student to architect. It explores some of the 20th century’s defining ideas: anti-Semitism, nationalism, fascism, Zionism and liberalism, as they became ever more integral both to intellectual dialogues and internal crises of identity for the narrator and his peers. A truly wonderful rediscovered novel worthy of a far greater audience.