Old New Land (Altneuland) / Edition 1by Theodor Herzl
Pub. Date: 10/17/2007
Publisher: Filiquarian Publishing
The Old New Land is the classic utopian novel published by Theodor Herzl, who is in effect the father of Israel. A very well-written work of fiction, it also outlines Herzl's progressve vision for a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.
- Filiquarian Publishing
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- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
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Yes, if you are Jewish, and if you have any interest in Judaism, Zionism, or Israeli history, this is a must read. And, no, this is not great literature. No, this is not Kafka, or some other literary wizard creating a literary spider web, instead this is an incredibly detailed look of what one European man (ok, not just any Europeasn man) thought the future Jewish state would like. At times, to be honest, the story has whiffs of distinct racism - sort of an anti-'Mein Kampf' - but, for the most part, the spirit of the book is humanistic. In this 'new old' state everyone will love the Jews. The most surprising aspect of this book is the vehicle in which Herzl wrote the story: the protagonist is a down-and-out Jewish man who spends half of his life on a deserted island. Wasn't exactly expecting Robinson Crusoe.